Ayurvedic Tuesdays – Pepper

black-pepper-518x411Use me as a spice or for seasoning
I am the good old pepper
Helpful as a medicine or for flavor
For breakfast, lunch or supper

The most common ground black pepper is used in various forms in cooking. Mostly used as a flavoring agent and in spices and rubs. Added to almost every savoury dish, hot or cold, pepper imparts a sharp and pungent flavor to any dish.

Native to southern India, black pepper sparked the start of the spice trade between Asia and Europe
One can use black pepper not only in cooking but also to keep ants from invading your home and drive away bugs from eating your delicious garden vegetables. Black pepper also has medicinal properties and can be added to your meals to relieve a sinus infection, and in a homemade tea concoction to relieve sore muscles and body aches.


Ayurvedic Tuesdays – Carom Seeds

Carom seeds








I am known to dominate
The flavor of any dish.
Dry-roast me or fry me
Any other flavor can you pitch?

Flatulence problem? Chew on some carom seeds. Commonly known as ajwain, the oval seeds impart a sharp and penetrating taste. A little ajwain goes a long way specially in Indian cooking for its assertive and distinct taste. It enhances the taste of puris, paranthas and pakodas. Due to its preservative qualities it finds its way into many pickles and is an amazing tempering spice.
The health benefits are a cure for diarrhea, cold symptoms and rheumatic pain.

Ayurvedic Tuesdays – Fennel








I am often called a seed,
but am actually a fruit
Use me as a spice, mouth freshener or in a salad
I am packed with flavor,
And I smell nice.

Fennel (saunf), served in India at the end of a meal, is an aromatic and cooling herb that aids digestion. Fennel bulbs and leaves are extensively used in Indian, middle-eastern, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines. The seeds form an important constituent of the ‘Panchphoron’ (A 5-spice mix) used in eastern India. Rogan Josh, a Kashmiri delicacy will be incomplete without this essential ingredient. Simply chewing the seeds after food relieves symptoms like bloating and stomach ache. In medieval times the Greeks used these as a hunger suppressant to control obesity. Consumption of fennel tea controls nausea and vomiting. And it acts as a coolant in summers if you soak the seeds in water overnight and have it in the morning.

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