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Indian Spices – The Backbone of Indian Cooking

Indian Spices is known for its flavorful and complex taste, fragrant aroma and vibrant colors. These complexities in the Indian cuisine is achieved through divergent spices found in Indian subcontinent.

Indian Spices

A mix of spices and herbs together is called “Masala” in Hindi/Urdu and these spices are ubiquitous in every Indian Kitchen. Indian Chefs take pride in blending these spices and herbs together to make their own spices.

Some also have their Grandma’s recipes passed down through generations. Sometimes, people get intimidated by the vast spices used in Indian cooking and without proper knowledge of the spices, it does get confusing also. Here is the list of Indian spices which are regularly used in cooking.


List of Top 14 Indian Spices Commonly Used With Their Indian Names


  1. Hing

    It plays a critical flavoring role in Indian vegetarian cuisine by acting as a savory enhancer. Not more than a pinch is required as it has a very strong smell.

  2. Cumin

    Cumin seed is used as a spice for its distinctive flavor and aroma. Popularly called as “Zeera it also has its sister spice “Shahzeera”. Both of the seeds produce a pleasant essence. Shahzeera is used in making “Pulaos” Rice dishes, as it has a very distinctive aroma and flavor.

  3. Chili powder

    An imperative spice, not only is added for taste but also adds an amazing color and flavor to culinary dishes. Known as “Lal mirch” it adds pungency to a dish. It is used according to the taste of individual. This is used as one of the most essential hot Indian spices.

  4. Coriander

    Coriander seeds, also known as “Dhania” is commonly found both as whole dried seeds and in ground form. Roasting or heating the seeds in a dry pan enhances the flavor and aroma. They are small circular seeds with ridged texture. Powdered corriander is the base spice for any curry.

  5. Turmeric

    Also known as “Haldi” although used subtly, not only enhances the tastes and color but its oil content called curcumin is known for its medical benefits. It is used mostly in savory dishes in the form of powder to impart a golden yellow color.

  6. Mustard seeds

    The seeds are usually roasted until they start splattering. These seeds are an important spice in many regional foods. Mustard seeds are commonly called “Rai” in India.

  7. Fenugreek

    Widely known as “Methi Beenj”, the seeds and leaves are common ingredients in dishes from the Indian subcontinent. Fresh fenugreek leaves are an ingredient in some curries.

  8. Fennel

    It is a highly aromatic and flavorful herb used in cooking. Commonly known as “Saunf”, it is used in powdered form and also in coarsely grounded form.

  9. Cardamom (Black/ Green)

    Black cardamom has a distinctly more smoky, though not bitter aroma. Green cardamom is one of the most expensive spices but very little amount is needed for the flavor. Green cardamom is used in making desserts and also iced drinks. Commonly known as “Elaichi”.

  10. Cloves

    Cloves are used in the cuisine in lending flavor to meats and curries. The common name for cloves in India is “Laung”. Due to its medicinal properties it also helps in healing sore throats, cough, cold and headaches.

  11. Black pepper

    Ground, dried and cooked peppercorns are used for enhancing flavors. Commonly known as “Kali Mirch” in india.

  12. Garam Masala

    is a blend of ground spices like Caraway seeds, Nutmeg, Black Cardamom, Green Cardamom, Cloves, Mace, Black pepper and is used alone or with other seasonings.

  13. Nutmeg

    Also known as “Jaiphal” in India is an expensive spice used to augment the aroma of Lucky Masale spice mixes.

  14. Mace

    Mace is popularly known as “Javitri” and comes from the family of Nutmeg.


Where to Find the Indian Spices?


It is easy to find these Indian spices online or at your local Indian grocery stores. Also due to the numerous medicinal properties you can find these Indian spices at health food store too. Lucky Masale uses some of the finest quality of these Indian spices that gives an unforgettable aroma and taste.


Lucky Masale – Deliciousness in Every Packet


Lucky Masale knows exquisitely that the above spices are the backbone of Indian cooking, that is why our team makes sure that we have the perfect concoction of these spices and herbs in every packet of Lucky Masala. Lucky Masale team takes pride in acknowledging the fact that it has a customer base, made meticulously through mouth to mouth publicity.

At Lucky Masale our purchase department diligently picks and selects the best quality whole spices from the best fields in India. We carry out strict quality control checks regularly under our personal supervision to maintain the quality that we have promised to deliver. The hygiene standards set by the FSSAI(Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) are highly ensured in the entire process of the production within the facility by the entire team. The spice mixes are handled wearing masks, gloves, head gears etc. during the entire process. The process of cleaning, dehydrating and packaging is done hygienically under the strict supervision at our plant in Maharashtra, India.


Take a Look at Some of Our Dishes Prepared Using Lucky Masale


With Lucky Masale you need not worry about adding the Indian spices individually as each of our packets have the right proportion of essential spices:

Lucky Masale Biryani Mix

Biryani is a mixed rice dish with either chicken or goat.
The curry is prepared and later it is added with semi cooked rice.With Lucky Masale Biryani mix you can achieve the restaurant style biryani at home.For our Vegetarian customersLucky Masale also offers the Veg Biryani packet.

Lucky Masale Dalcha Mix

Dalcha is an Indian lentil-based curry cooked with goat meat. It’s an amalgamation of mutton, lentil, tamarind and bottle gourd is also added. With Lucky Masale Dalcha Mix you can attain the same traditional taste with an easy to follow recipe.

Lucky Masale Korma Mix

Korma is a traditional Indian dish consisting of Chicken or Goat braised with yogurt and spices. The gravy is thick and it is usually served with Naans (Indian bread). Lucky Masale has Two Different korma Mixes for our customers 1) Chicken Korma, 2) Mutton Korma. The delicious taste and aroma of our Korma mixes are unforgettable.

 

Lucky Masale Tandoori Mix

Tandoori dishes are prepared by marinating chicken or mutton with spices and herbs and yogurt. They are then baked, roasted or are put in the tandoors to attain the Smokey tandoori flavor. With Lucky tandoori Mix you can have the best tandoori Spices which not only adds the best taste but also the best color to the dish.

 

Lucky Chicken Angara

Chicken Angara is a spicy North Indian chicken curry with smoky flavor. Lucky chicken Angara is the right concoction of Indian Spices which gives you a restaurant style dish. Just follow the recipe and enjoy it at the comfort of your own home. Lucky chicken Angara also comes with a Charcoal to give a rustic flavor and divine aroma.

 

Lucky Chicken 65 Mix

Chicken 65 is an easy to make very popular snack. Boneless chicken pieces are marinated in Indian spices and yogurt. With Lucky chicken 65 mix you’ll get the same authentic taste with very easy recipe.

 

Lucky Yakhni Pulao Masala

Yakhni Pulao is a delectable rice preparation where long grain basmati rice is cooked in a delicious stock made with Mutton or Chicken and infused with spices. With Lucky Masale Yakhni Pulao Mix be sure to attain the same traditional taste with very easy to follow recipe and divine aroma. Yakhni Pulao is best served fresh with Raita (condiment made with curd and vegetables)

 

Lucky Achar Gosht Mix

Achari Gosht is a delicious dish where mutton or chicken is cooked with exotic Indian spices to give a pickled flavor. The key ingredients into making this dish would be onion seeds, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds as these ingredients give the pickled flavors to the dish. Lucky Achari Gosht Mix is the perfect blend of spices and it gives the delectable tangy taste to the dish.

 Lucky Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken is a North Indian dish which has mild spices, rich and thick curry sauce. It is also known as Murgh Makhni. With Lucky Butter Chicken Masala achieve the best Indian restaurant style Butter Chicken curry at home. Lucky Butter Chicken Masala is a luscious blend of essential spices which adds an unforgettable aroma and color to the curry.

Lucky Kadhai Gosht

Kadhai Gosht is a dish where Mutton or Chicken is slow cooked on a caldron with onions and tomatoes and is infused with spices. This slow cooking allows its ingredients to be cooked in their own juices and hence the divine taste is attained. Lucky Kadhai Gosht is the right concoction of spices as it satiates the palate without putting in much efforts. Lucky Kadhai Gosht has an easy recipe to follow.

Conclusion

Since India is a vast and diverse country, it boasts of diverse cuisines also. Different Indian spices come from different parts of India and the concoction of these spices make Indian cuisine as one of the best in the world. Though Indian spices look complex for a dilettante, but it’s no rocket science. Once you start showing interest in it and start experimenting with them, you are surely going to fall in love with them.