Are you curious about Indian food and wish to know more about the basics of Indian cuisine? Then here are some essentials which are used in Indian dishes to give them a unique flavour, aroma and taste.

Asafetida- This dried and powdered tree resin, is one of the most used spice in Indian curries. Its raw, pungent smell blends with the flavours of lentils, beans, and Indian vegetarian curries. Just a pinch of this spice works wonders.

Cumin- This is yet another essential ingredient in Indian cooking. Cumin has a unique aroma and also adds nutty texture to the curries. Whole cumin seeds can be added to tempering and roasted and ground cumin usually used for salads and dry dishes. It adds an earthy taste to several Indian soups, lentils, and curries. Also, you can add a pinch of ground cumin to plain yoghurt and get an amazing flavour boost.

Black Mustard Seeds– These pungent and nutty seeds enhance the flavour to several dishes like curries, chutneys, pickles and salads. You can drop them in hot oil and see them to crackle and release their flavour. Thereafter, the rest of the ingredients is added to the tempering.

Ground Turmeric– Ground turmeric adds a peppery taste and a dark golden yellow colour to curries. Turmeric is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties and blends with everything right from drinks to curries and veggies.

Kashmiri red Chili Powder- Though there are several types of dry red chilli powders which are used in Indian cuisine, still Kashmiri red chilli is well known for its brilliant red hue which adds natural food colour to cuisine and also gives out a smoky flavour.

Coriander (fresh and powdered) – This spice has a hint of citrus and is used as a seasoning as well as for garnish. Fresh Coriander leaves are used for garnish; whereas the whole seeds are roasted and then ground with other spices to prepare spice mixes. Ground coriander is widely used due to texture to dishes and fresh taste. Coriander seed powder is many a time paired with cumin powder to get the perfect blend of flavours.

So, are you excited to experience the flair of these spices through Indian delicacies? Then Moti Mahal is the right place for you. We are an authentic Indian restaurant in Armadale and we serve lip-smacking Indian delicacies to the food lover in Armadale.

Visit us soon and indulge in the rich flavours of India!