Basic Ingredients for Indian Food recipesOctober 3, 2011 by Gina Rodriguez | Filed under General.
Let’s take a look at the basic ingredients needed for almost all Indian food recipes:
- Asafoetida: Also known as devil’s dung, it has a roasted garlic kind of aroma and is used in powdered form.
- Bay leaves: Used in a dried form for garnishing.
- Cardamom (Elaichi): Has a very strong and refreshing flavor and used mostly in sweet dishes.
- Cayenne pepper (Lal Mirch): This is common to all foods, and this pepper is also used in pizzas.
- Chilies (Mirchi): Green chilies and red chilies both are extremely hot and should be used with care.
- Chili powder: Red in color it’s made of dry seeds of the chilies.
- Cilantro (Hara Dhaniya): It is similar to parsley, however the leaves are more flat and it has a darker green color.
- Cinnamon (Dalchni): A sweet and spicy tasting spice, also used in teas.
- Cloves (Luong): Has a string aroma and are reddish brown, has some useful medical properties.
- Coriander seeds:
- Cumin: These are seeds as well having a mild spicy and bitter flavor, and can be ground to powder as well.
- Garlic: Used in almost every Indian food recipe.
- Ginger: Used as a garnishing.
- Turmeric: Bright yellow and has a very strong color can make a dish bitter if too much is used.
These were a few essential ingredients, however there are a lot more ingredients used in Indian food recipes but these were the more usual ones used in Indian cuisines.Tags: roasted garlic kind, red chilies, basic ingredients, Bright yellow