Indian Essentials: About Turmeric, the Wonder Spice

A Life Giving spice – Turmeric.

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Indian Essentials: How to Make Your Own Ghee

Ghee is said to be the essence of a cow – first the cow produces milk, then cream is made from the milk. The best of the milk is extracted to make butter and then the best of the butter extracted to make ghee. How close to “essence of cow” is that!

Indian Essentials: What is Tamarind?

Used extensively in Sth Indian and SE Asian cooking, the brittle, dark brown pod of the tamarind tree, a tall shade tree, contains a sour fleshy pulp that adds a pungent, sour, lemony sourness to many dishes.

Indian Essentials: Fenugreek

Fenugreek was known as “Greek Hay” to the Romans. It is an unusual Asiatic herb with aromatic and bitter seeds.

Indian Essentials: What is Ragi Flour | Millet Flour

Raggi is also known as finger millet, and it is a popular cereal grown in Africa, India and Asia. Native to the Ethiopian Highlands, it was introduced to India 4,000 years ago and is now grown in the Himalayas.

Spices: Kalonji | Nigella Seed | Charnushka

There is a lot of confusion about the name of this spice. It is variously referred to as black cumin (shar, or kala jeera), black caraway because of its usage with caraway seed in Jewish rye breads, and black onion seeds due to its similarity to onion seed.