Feb 06

8 Spices You Should Have in Your Kitchen

Spices could be the only difference between a bland recipe and a gourmet dish. But most of them sound intimidating (saffron, anyone?) and aren’t cheap, only to disappear in the abyss inside the kitchen cupboard. 

So, we gathered the most beneficial and health-boosting spices recommended by cooks and nutritionists that are worth keeping on hand. 

  1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a versatile seasoning that works great for breakfast, sprinkled on top of oatmeal and fruits. Ground cinnamon is a rich source of antioxidants and can help regulate blood sugar levels in the body.

  • Curry Powder

The most vital ingredient of curry powder is turmeric, which can be expensive when bought alone. Not only does turmeric lend a unique flavor to any dish, but also contains anti-inflammatory properties—perfect for easing pains and aches after a workout. Add this to your curry dish or simply sprinkle some on your salad for a dash of flavor.

  • Red Pepper Flakes

For spice lovers, red pepper flakes are a great addition to your must-have spices. They are your quick solution to add a little spice to your dish without the hassle of chopping up fresh peppers. Use a bit to add some spice to your pasta sauce, veggie salad or on your pizza. Plus, the spiciness will help suppress your appetite and boost your metabolism, too.

  • Ginger

Ginger has this positive effect on the digestive health, protecting you from gastric problems like bloating and constipation. Moreover, it works perfectly with many dishes and baked goods, and even in beverages, too.

  • Kosher Salt

Salt is the ultimate seasoning of all seasonings, and kosher salt gives you the benefit of richer flavor without going nuts for it. Plus, a teaspoon full of kosher salt contains less sodium than the same amount of standard table salt. Just a pinch of kosher salt is enough for a homemade dish, and try to keep the shaker off the table to avoid going overboard with it.

  • Chili Powder

A good variety of chili powder feature a fantastic combination of dried peppers, garlic, onion and even cocoa to give a rich depth of flavor to any dish you add it on. However, not all chili powders are created equal, so make sure to read the label before buying one.

  • Cumin

A combination of salt and chili powder will give you an instant taco mix (say goodbye to sodium-rich taco mix packets). It is also a great seasoning for your enchiladas, chili dishes and almost any tomato-based Mexican recipes.

  • Black Pepper

Go for freshly ground pepper for better taste. As much as possible, do not buy the pre-ground stuff. Grind pepper when you’re about to use it. Get one in packaging that has built-in grinder, which can be refilled repeatedly.

Forget about the fancy sounding ones. These essential spices are more than enough have you cooking your favorite meals and even try new flavor combinations.

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