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Fresh Spices and Herbs.

It took me two whole days to arrange everything for taking this shot!! First I arranged everything on one Saturday, and then I found out that curry leaves and coriander leaves were not that fresh, and so thought of arranging it once again after getting those fresh bunches... I had to remove those spices and herbs from the table on that day itself, as it was my kitchen table and we had to use that table till we would get the fresh bunches of curry leaves and coriander leaves! The next day itself My hubby brought the fresh curry leaves and coriander leaves.. Then I re arranged it.. It was a tiresome work of course.. But the satisfaction and pleasure I derived out of it was – just one word.. Unimaginable!!

You might have got the impression that I had used the same chilly powders in three bowls, but it’s NOT. One is Paprika powder, another one is normal chilly powder and the third bowl is filled with the Kashmiri chilly powder!!

We use most of these spices to make Garam Masala Powder, that we use in Indian spicy gravy curries.. 


Using fresh spices and herbs are the essence of cooking healthy and tasty food. Here are some tips to keep them lasting fresh for long while retaining their potency.

(1) Store them in tightly sealed containers in dark place.
(2) Store them away from moisture and do not allow moisture to enter while using. Always use dry spoon.
(3) Avoid keeping the containers near or above wet / hot equipments like sink or dish washer, refrigerator, stove etc. Do store in a cupboard or drawer.
(4) To prevent steam moisture from entering the container, avoid sprinkling directly from the container to the steaming pot.
(5) It is always better to grind whole spices just prior using. Dry roasting whole spices in a skillet in medium heat before grinding without burning will make it easier to grind and bring out more flavour.

In a nutshell, they should be kept in a place away from heat, moisture and light. Spices do not get spoiled, but they do lose their strength.

About Indian Spices -

Indian spices include a variety of spices grown across the Indian subcontinent (a sub-region of South Asia). With different climates in different parts of the country, India produces a variety of spices, many of which are native to the subcontinent, while others were imported from similar climates and have since been cultivated locally for centuries.

Spices are used in different forms: whole, chopped, ground, roasted, sautéed, fried, and as topping. They blend food to extract the nutrients and bind them in a palatable form. Some spices are added at the end as a flavouring and are typically heated in a pan with ghee or cooking oil before being added to a dish. Lighter spices are added last, and spices with strong flavour should be added first. "Curry" refers to any dish in Indian cuisine that contains several spices blended together, whether dry or with a gravy base. However, it also refers to Curry leaves, commonly used in South Indian cuisine. About Indian Spices, Source - Indian Spices.

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