Meet the Spices commonly used in Indian cooking. In this video, I provide an elaborate explanation of the difference between various Indian Spices. Everything you need to know about the spices used in Indian cooking.
Chili powder, Kashmiri Chili powder, Turmeric, Cumin, Coriander, Fennel, Garam Masala.
Whole Spices: Cardamom, Cloves, Cinnamon, Mace, Star Anise, Bay leaves, Black Pepper
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hi everybody welcome to Kokiri tasks this is going to be an elaborate video about the different spices used in Indian cooking I love Indian cooking Indian food and the spices used in it so Indian food is all about flavors mesmerizing aroma and when you have it it will certainly excite your tastebuds if you are new to Indian cooking or if you are curious about the different spices used in Indian cooking you might find this video very helpful so I'm going to walk you through the different spices that's commonly used in Indian cooking so are you guys ready so let's get started when we think about Indian cooking the first thing that comes to our mind is curry curry is basically a gravy based dish and for making curry we add a blend of wrong spices so it's not made by just one spice but it's made by a mix or a blend of different Indian spices if we have come across curry powders in Indian stores it actually has a blend of different spices firstly let me talk about the chili powders used in Indian cooking there are two kinds of chili powders commonly used in our cooking so the first kind is the regular chili powder that's made by grinding bright red chilies it's very hot and that's what imparts the heat to Indian dishes the second kind is the Kashmir chili powder it's very mild compared to the regular chili powder and it's made by grinding Kashmir a bright red chilies Kashmir chili powder imparts a vibrant red color to Indian dishes so if you have come across Indian dishes that's red and one born in color that's because we have added Kashmir chili powder to it here are the chili powders so this is the hot chili powder and this one is the Kashmir e chili powder at first sight both of them look kind of similar however if you look close you will find the difference the regular hot chili powder has a light red color and the Kashmiri chilli powder has a vibrant deep red color even the dried chilies look different so the for the hot version that right Chili's are long and they're thinner and for the Kashmir dried chilies they are thicker wider and also it has a wrinkled texture now if you slightly inhale the chili powders you will feel a significant difference in their aroma now don't try to inhale it deep it's very hot and you will start sneezing so the Kashmiri chilli powder it has a more smoky aroma than the regular hot chili powder so now you know the difference between the Kashmir chili powder and the regular hot chili powder the next spice that's commonly used in Indian cooking is turmeric it has a beautiful vibrant yellow color and these are the fresh turmeric root so these are dried and ground to make this fine powder I have to talk a little bit about this turmeric the fresh root or the ground turmeric they have phenomenal health benefits and also used as a medicine here is a tip that I want to share with you guys to get the health benefits out of this turmeric what I do often is since I have the fresh fruit I will grate a little bit of this fresh fruit to the water and then I keep sipping that water or you can add 1/4 teaspoon of this ground turmeric so that way you can get the health benefits out of this amazing spice so we cover chili powders and turmeric powder the next way amazing ground spices commonly used in Indian cooking are wrong cumin ground coriander and ground fennel here are the cumin seeds and this is the ground cumin so ground cumin is used in almost all kind of cuisines and everybody's aware of it so it imparts a nice smoky flavor and aroma to any dish here are the coriander seeds and when we grind it we get wrong coriander so ground coriander is widely used in Indian cooking most of the Indian dishes we use this particular ground spice and coriander it has a refreshing and lemony flavor and here are the fennel seeds and the ground fennel so grown fennel and ground coriander ground fennel it is a little more milder though they both look alike it has a they have very distinct flavor and aroma ground fennel is more milder version while ground coriander has a little more intense flavor and taste in Indian cooking besides adding these ground spices we also use the whole cumin seeds or coriander seeds or fennel seeds for making some of the dishes so we add it to the oil and that way it will enhance the flavour of the oil and then we add other ingredients in some dishes especially South Indian dishes we roast these whole seeds and then we'll grind it into a fine powder and then we will use that ground spice to the dishes that will make it very flavorful and aromatic next I'm going to talk about the aromatic whole spices my favorite spices in most of the Indian dishes we add garam masala so girl masala is essentially a blend of several aromatic whole spices like whole cardamom 4 cloves whole cinnamon so adstar and E's nutmeg maze and sometimes dried babies are also added to it so when we write all these aromatic whole spices will get garam masala I will say garam masala is a star ingredient in any of the Indian dish and it will make any dish aromatic flavorful and it will also enhance the taste of Indian dishes greatly here are the aromatic whole spices that's used in making garam masala so here are the whole cardamom I'm a huge fan of whole cardamom if you inhale cardamom you keep inhaling you cannot stop it it has a mesmerizing aroma very pleasant and a kind of a floral a little bit of nutty aroma and flavor so here are whole cloves it has a intense pungent smell and flavor so these are mace yet another whole spice it has a it has an intense flavor and aroma and these are star and ease it has star shaped very distinct flavor and aroma mmm you have to smell all these whole spices it's it's it's just amazing now these are and about star anise these are widely used in Asian cooking in Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine they use this I believe Chinese five-spice they you start in ease making that one of the ingredients of star anise now here are the dried bay leaves so the fresh bay leaves are dried so in Indian cooking we add the dried bay leaves to oil so it will flavor up the oil and also in biryani is mostly we use it in oil and even for making garam masala you can add a few dried bay leaves and grind it now these are whole cinnamon so these are the Bark's of cinnamon tree this is very widely popular we it's used in a lot of cuisines it's used in both sweet and savory dishes here are the whole black pepper so who doesn't know about black pepper right this is Houston almost all cuisines and in Indian cooking we use both the ground version and also the whole black pepper it's roasted along with other whole spices and we make a spice blend so this will impart a nice heat to that spice mix for making garam masala we roast these whole spices and then we'll grind it into a fine powder since these whole spices are packed with aroma and flavor geurim masala has a incredible aroma and it will enhance the taste and flavor of any Indian dish my version of garam masala I don't add all of these whole spices I only add whole cardamom whole cloves and whole cinnamon and grind it into a coarsely fine powder how to store the whole spices and the ground spices so here is my beautiful spice rack so the spices that I use regularly I usually keep those spices in here and the other ground spices and whole spices I store it in an airtight container like this so the ground spices you can store it in the air tight container for up to a year so that we will retain the aroma and flavor and the whole spices it can be stored up to two years like whole cardamom whole opposed and whole cinnamon all right so that kind of sums up most of the Indian spices that's commonly used in Indian cooking if you go to my blog Thais name calm you will find several Indian recipes I've blogged over the years so go check it out to summarise in most of the Indian dishes we add chili powder that will impart the heat and for more vibrant red color we use Kashmiri chilli powder that's the milder version and we also turmeric powder ground coriander ground cumin and the aromatic garam masala so brown fennel we don't use it in all thinning dishes it only used in certain Indian dishes so if you have any questions regarding Indian spices and Indian cooking don't feel free to message me and I'll be happy to answer your questions if you have enjoyed this video don't forget to like and share this video subscribe to my channel I'm also very active on Instagram and Facebook so let's stay connected I hope you all enjoyed watching this video I'll be back with more videos until then happy cooking and bye