Chironji / Buchanania lanzan

Chronji nut 1Chrongi nut

Latin Name : Buchanania lanzan

Indian Names : Charoli, Chironji, Chirauli, Char,Priyala, Boruda etc.

Common English Names : Cheraunji nut tree, Cherauli nut, Cudappah Almond, Chironji nut Charooli, Chirolo, Chirongi and Charoli in Hindi and  in Tamil , Telugu etc.

The Chironji tree is an evergreen tree native to India and grows all over the country especially in the Northwest area of India. It grows to a height of about 50 feet, has a straight trunk. The bark is rough and fissured, dark grey to black on the outside and reddish on the inside.

The leaves are thick, leathery, oblong and broad and are rounded at the base. The flowers are small and greenish white and form a terminal panicle. The fruit is black in color and are harvested from April to June.

The fruit has a hard seed coat while the inside kernel is soft like a pine nut. It has a light acidic flavor akin to that of an almond. Normally the seeds are roasted or toasted before consumption or usage as heat make more flavors to emanate from the seed. The seeds are flat, oval and speckled with dark patches.

The tree commonly grows in dry and open deciduous forests preferring to grow on sandy and loamy soil and does not grow in waterlogged areas.

Each tree yields from 1 to 5 kgs of charoli seeds and chironji seeds are considered a delicacy. They are especially used in making sevaiyan during the Muslim Eid festival.

The seeds lose their flavor if kept in the open and also become bitter.

Uses Of Charoli Or Chironji:

Used primarily as a topping for sweets, they go especially well with sweet and creamy halwas (Indian puddings). They are also a must on top of a delightful dessert called shrikhand which is a tantalizing combination of yoghurt, sugar, cardamom and saffron. They can also be used to sprinkle fruit salads, soups and kormas.

The seeds of chironji are a delicacy and are used in desserts, bakery and confectionery products. They are used to thicken sauces and gravies and also to flavor meats.

The seeds yield an oil that is comparable to olive and almond oil in their medicinal properties and is also substituted for these oils in the pharmaceutical products.

The bark yields tannin which is used in the leather industry, in clarification of wine and beer, in pharmaceutical industry etc.

Chironji has long been used in Indian Ayurvedic and Unani system of medicine.

 Health Benefits Of Chironji Or Charoli:

All the parts of the charoli tree are used in traditional Indian medicine. The fruit, roots, leaves, seeds, gum and oil are used in different ways to treat a variety of health issues.

Some of these health benefits are given below:

The oil is used to apply externally on glandular swellings of the neck. It is also useful in treating skin infections and to remove facial blemishes.

The extract of the roots is used as an expectorant, to treat blood infections and correct digestive disorders caused by liver or gall bladder dysfunctioning.

The gum is used to treat diarrhea and also chest pain related to the parietal nerves.

The juice of the leaves is used in digestion problems, as an expectorant, a purgative and also as an aphrodisiac.

An ointment made from the seeds relieves itching, prickly heat, rashes, skin spots, facial blemishes and other skin related problems.

The gum is dissolved in cow’s milk and used to treat rheumatic pains.

Chironji leaves act as a tonic, relieve fatigue and tiredness and have cardiotonic properties as well. The leaf powder is used to treat wounds.

A face pack made with the seeds and milk brings a glow to the face.

Charoli seeds are cooling and are used to remove burning sensation from the body.

The seeds also act as a tonic to the brain and are useful in many genito-urinary problems like gleet etc.

Like almonds chirongi nuts have been credited with the power to sharpen concentration improve eyesight and provide strength and vigor

Availability: They are supposedly mostly grows in East India and neighboring Burma. But these can be found in well stocked Indian grocery stores in the US where I got mine.

How to Store: They keep well for up to six months in dry air tight containers.

Ref. http://hubpages.com/hub/Charoli-Or-Chironji-The-Indian-Medicinal-Plant-Its-Health-Benefits-Nutrients-Uses-And-More

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Nutmeg

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NUTMEG= जायफल (pr. {jayaphal} )(Noun)

BOTANICAL CLASSIFICATION
Family : Myristicaceae
Genus : Myristica
Species : fragrans
COMMON NAMES:Nutmeg
EFFECTS CLASSIFICATION:Deliriant
DESCRIPTION
Myristica fragrans is a large evergreen tree that’s fruit contains a large central seed (the nutmeg). It is used as a spice .

East Indian tree widely cultivated in the tropics for its aromatic seed; source of two spices: nutmeg and mace.Hard aromatic seed of the nutmeg tree used as spice when grated or ground. The nutmeg is the inside part of a yellow fruit from the nutmeg tree, namely the kernel.[1] The ripened fruit splits open to reveal a hard, black nutmeg. This nutmeg is dried for culinary usage. Mace is the inner case of the nutmeg and looks like webbing. Mace has a more delicate taste than nutmeg.

“Myristica fragrans” is an evergreen tree indigenous to the Moluccas (or Spice Islands) of Indonesia. It is important as the main source of the spices nutmeg and mace. It is widely grown across the tropics including Guangdong and Yunnan in China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Grenada in the Caribbean, Kerala in India, Sri Lanka and South America.[ “Spice Islands” most commonly refers to the Maluku Islands and often also to the small volcanic Banda Islands, once the only source of mace and nutmeg.

Nutmeg is a hard, aromatic, almost spherical seed of a tropical tree. Nutmeg is kind off egg-shaped and about 20 to 30 mm (0.8 to 1.2 in) long and 15 to 18 mm (0.6 to 0.7 in) wide, and weighing between 5 and 10 g (0.2 and 0.4 oz) dried, while mace is the dried “lacy” reddish covering or aril of the seed. The first harvest of nutmeg trees takes place 7–9 years after planting, and the trees reach full production after twenty years.

Nutmeg is the only tropical fruit that is the source of two different spices. Several other commercial products are also produced from the trees, including essential oils, extracted oleoresins, and nutmeg butter.

Nutmeg is hard aromatic seed of the nutmeg tree, is used as a spice when grated or ground.

Nutmeg is a popular spice around the world. It is popular for its many health benefits. Since ancient times, nutmeg has been used as a remedy for various ailments or to improve health in general.

  • Do not mistake nutmeg for a nut – it is a kernel.
  • One whole nutmeg is the equivalent of 2 – 3 teaspoons of ground nutmeg.
  • To test a nutmeg, prick it with a pin. If it is good quality, the oil will instantly spread around the puncture.

Culinary uses:

Add nutmeg to savory dishes:

Nutmeg goes well with certain types of savory dishes.

  • Cheese dishes
  • Pumpkin – pumpkin soup and mashed pumpkin
  • Soups
  • Spinach
  • Ravioli
  • Cannelloni, especially the vegetarian version
  • Add pinch or two to cooked greens such as spinach, chard, kale, etc.
  • Stews, haggis and sausages
  • Middle Eastern curry dishes
  • Porridge
 Add nutmeg to sweet dishes:

Again, nutmeg goes well with certain types of sweet dishes:

  • Custard, including rhubarb and custard
  • Cake, especially spice cakes
  • Puddings
  • Vanilla pastries

Add nutmeg as a drink topper:

Nutmeg is ideal for:

  • Sprinkling over cappucino or latte froth
  • Sprinkling over milkshake froth
  • Sprinkling over chai froth
  • Adding to milk and soy smoothies
  • Adding to eggnog
  • Infusing spiced or mulled wine
  • In Dominican Republic ground nutmeg is often added to the black coffee when brewed in the coffee pot

Health benefits of Nutmeg:

Known as a popular spice around the world, nutmeg is also popular for its many health benefits. In fact, since ancient times, nutmeg has been used as a remedy for various ailments or to improve health in general. Here are some of the health benefits that nutmeg provides.

During ancient times, Roman and Greek civilizations used nutmeg as a type of brain tonic. This is because nutmeg can effectively stimulate your brain. As a result, it can help eliminate fatigue and stress. If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, nutmeg may also be a good remedy. Nutmeg can also improve your concentration so you can become more efficient and focused at work or at school.

Pain Relief

Nutmeg is also an effective sedative. In fact, nutmeg is a staple in ancient Chinese medicine. The Chinese used the spice to treat inflammation and abdominal pain. Use nutmeg if you are suffering from aching joints, muscle pain, arthritis, sores and other ailments. To relieve the pain, apply nutmeg oil to the affected areas.

Indigestion Relief

If you suffer from digestion-related problems like diarrhea, constipation, bloating, flatulence and so on, nutmeg can effectively offer you relief. Nutmeg oil relieves stomachaches by removing the excess gas from your intestines. Nutmeg can also boost your appetite.

Bad Breath Treatment

Because of its antibacterial properties, nutmeg can also effectively treat halitosis or bad breath. As you probably know, bad breath is usually caused by a build-up of bacteria in your mouth. Nutmeg can rid your mouth of these bacteria. This is the reason why nutmeg is a common ingredient in many brands of toothpastes. Nutmeg can also be used to treat gum problems and toothaches.

Liver and Kidney Detox

Detoxification is an important factor of good health. Diet, pollution, stress, tobacco, medication and other external substances can lead to the build-up of toxins in your organs. The liver and kidney are two of the organs where this toxic build-up usually develops. As a tonic, nutmeg can clean your liver and kidney and remove these toxins. If you are suffering from a liver disease then nutmeg can also be beneficial. Nutmeg is also effective in preventing and dissolving kidney stones. When your liver and kidney are successfully detoxified, they can perform their function better.

Skin Care

If skin care is one of your priorities then you might want to incorporate nutmeg into your regimen. Nutmeg can actually help you achieve smoother and healthier skin by helping you treat several skin problems. A scrub made from nutmeg powder and orange lentil powder can help you remove blackheads, a type of acne characterized by pores clogged with excess oil and dead skin cells. If you suffer from acne marks, nutmeg can also help make your scars less noticeable. What you need to do is mix some nutmeg powder with some honey to make a paste, which you will then apply to the acne marks.

Sleep Aid

If you have difficulty sleeping at night, drink a cup of milk with some nutmeg powder. “hot milk flavoured with nutmeg” will help you achieve relaxation and will induce sleep.

Ref. http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/7-health-benefits-nutmeg-provides.html

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Turmeric/Haldi

turmeric-and-powderTurmeric or Haldi

The plant

Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant. The name derives from the Latin terra merita “meritorious earth” referring to the colour of ground turmeric which resembles a mineral pigment. In many languages turmeric is simply named as “yellow root”.Turmeric is a rhizome with bright yellow-orange colour inside and a little thick brown skin. It has a warm and bitter flavor with a mild fragrance.Turmeric is aromatic, stimulant and tonic popularly known as haldi in India, is native to Southern Asia and India. It it is commonly  used in Indian cooking, best known for its use in many masala (curry). It is usually available in powder form but the root is also available from Asian and Indian grocery shops.

Uses of Turmeric

It was sometimes called “Indian saffron” because of its deep yellow-orange color and has been used as a condiment, cosmetic, healing remedy and textile dye. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine.

Turmeric’s use in the kitchen

Turmeric is very strong spice,therefore a small quantity of it is generally sufficient. However, it can be used in many different ways.In Indian cooking, in most of Indian recipes turmeric is used.It is sprinkled lightly while cooking on most of the vegetable like potatoes, green beans, cauliflower, brinjals , peas, pumpkin and onions etc.It makes all recipe with lentils delicious.It can be used as salad dressings by adding a pinch of turmeric powder to them.It is used to flavour and colour butter, cheese, margarine, mustard, liquor, fruit drinks, cakes, jellies, and fruit dishes.Turmeric is a classic addition to chutneys,and pickles. It is blended with melted butter and drizzle over cooked vegetables, pasta, or potatoes. To make yellow rice add a pinch of turmeric to the water as the rice cooks.

Spiritual Significance

It is used in various rituals in Hindu homes, and as a dye for holy robes as it is natural and available in abundance.People use, a rich red powder used in temples around the world, called Kunkum, is made from turmeric and lime. It is used by men and women, after puja, as small a dot of kunkum worn on the forehead between the eyebrows, or in the middle of the forehead.

 It is used in almost every curry dish to add color and flavor.An important spice in most of the Indian households the turmeric or haldi is one ingredient in the kitchen that holds a remedy for almost all illness. It corrects disordered process of nutrition and restores the normal function of the system. It is a carminative, antiseptic, a great anti-flatulent , blood purifier and expectorant.According to the Journal of the American Chemical Society, turmeric is packed with nutrients like proteins, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, sodium, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. All these essential components put together make turmeric a great antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, anti fungal, anti carcinogenic, antimutagenic and anti-inflammatory agent.

Turmeric / Haldi

Controls diabetes 

Turmeric/ haldi must be included  into dibetics diet. The curcumin present in turmeric has a very potent effect in moderating insulin levels and enhancing the efficacy of anti diabetic drugs. Being an antioxidant, it fights off the ill effects of free radicals and reduces insulin resistance. A study performed by Department of Pediatrics, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center [9], found that curcumin prevents protein glycosylation (where the protein molecule is altered) and lipid peroxidation (oxidative degradation of lipids), two process that occur commonly in the body when a person has high blood sugar. By controlling these two factors, turmeric increases the person’s sensitivity to insulin lowering his/her total blood sugar.

Prevents Alzheimer’s

According to a paper published in the Annals of the Indian Academy of Neurology [1] (that compiled all the notable studies done with regards to turmeric’s action against Alzheimer’s), it states that turmeric or haldi is capable of preventing and healing Alzheimer’s disease. It states that diferuloylmethan (the main component in turmeric) is the component that  reduces inflammation, stops excessive amyloid plaque formation around neurons and prevents their degradation, eventually preventing and reducing the severity of the disease.

Prevents cancer

Haldi is known to have chemo-protective properties and can protect you from a number of cancers like colon cancer, cancer of the prostate, T-cell leukaemia, radiation induced tumours and breast cancers. A study published in the Journal of Cancer Research[6] found that the compounds present in turmeric were capable of preventing the progression of both invasive and non invasive colon cancers by destroying cancer cells. It also found that the anti oxidative properties of haldi protects the body from damage due to oxidative stress and radiation, thereby reducing your chances or suffering from tumours caused due to radiation.

Relieves arthritis

Turmeric has anti inflammatory and anti oxidative properties therefore it is a perfect home remedy for arthritis. A number of studies performed previously have also established that haldi has amazing immune-protective benefits. Because of its combined actions on the body, haldi has been used as an effective agent in treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Studies conducted by Arizona Center for Phytomedicine Research[7] and at the Institute of Chemical Biology,[8], found that the compounds present in turmeric were responsible for reducing the inflammation associated with arthritis and RA. The study also found that continuous consumption of the root helps to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with the conditions.

Prevents liver disease

Turmeric is great for the liver. It protects it from the damage caused by eating foods that contain high amounts of fat and excessive alcohol consumption. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition [2], found that the anti oxidative, anti carcinogenic and hypocholesterolemic action (an action that lowers the amount of cholesterol in the blood) of turmeric – mitigated by the content of curcuminoids in it – helps lower the potentially damaging effects of excessive cholesterol on the liver. Since turmeric alters the way body metabolizes fatty acids, this action helps in keeping the liver healthy, and is vital to protecting the liver from diseases such as non alcoholic fatty liver disease and damage caused due to excessive accumulation of fats in and around the liver. In another study published in the American Journal of Physiology[3], it was found that the root had the potential to prevent alcohol-induced liver disease. The study found that the compounds in turmeric helped in blocking a particular gene that was linked to inflammation and necrosis of the liver due to excessive alcohol consumption. Haldi  was found to protects the liver from both biochemical and pathological damage caused due an unhealthy lifestyle.

Lowers cholesterol

Having turmeric on a daily basis can keep your cholesterol levels in check.  A study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry [9] found that regularly consuming haldi changed the way the body processed cholesterol. This change lowers the total LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol and increased the amount of HDL or ‘good’ cholesterol in the body.

Relieves gas, diarrhea and morning sickness

The juice or dry powder of its rhizome, mixed in buttermilk or plain water is beneficial in intestinal problems, especially chronic diarrhea. It also helps prevent flatulence. Fresh juice from the rhizomes, a paste prepared from it, or a decoction made from the plant has been found beneficial in the treatment of vomiting during pregnancy and afflictions of the liver. Turmeric has been found to inhibit bacterial growth and works as a powerful cleaning agent within the digestive system.’

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Curry leaves

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Curry tree Plant

The curry tree is a tropical to sub-tropical tree in the family Rutaceae, which is native to India and Sri Lanka. Its leaves are used in many dishes in India and neighbouring countries.

Scientific name: Murraya koenigii
Higher classification: Murraya
Rank: Species

Curry leaves are natural flavoring agents with a number of important health benefits, which makes your food both healthy and tasty along with pleasing aroma. They contain various antioxidant properties and have the ability to control diarrhea, gastrointestinal problems such as indigestion, excessive acid secretion, peptic ulcers, dysentery, diabetes and an unhealthy cholesterol balance. They are also believed to have cancer fighting properties and are known to help protect the liver.

Scientific Information: The scientific name of the curry plant is Murraya Koenigii Spreng and it belongs to the Rutaceae family. The plant is native to India and is usually found in tropical and subtropical regions. It is cultivated in various other countries such as China, Australia, Nigeria and Ceylon. Height of the plant ranges from small to medium. The most useful parts of this plant are the leaves, root and the bark.

In Ayurvedic medicine, curry leaves are believed to have several medicinal properties such as anti-diabetic, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and hepato-protective (capability to protect liver from damage) properties. The roots are used for treating body aches and the bark is used for snake bite relief.

The leaves, with their vast herbal properties, are used in various local cuisines across India and other parts of Asia as flavoring agents. Curry leaves resemble ‘neem’ or Indian lilac and their name in most Indian languages translates to ‘sweet neem’.

Nutritional Value of Curry Leaves

The main nutrients found in curry leaves are carbohydrates, energy, fiber, calcium, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, copper and minerals.  It also contains various vitamins like  nicotinic acid and vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E, antioxidants, plant sterols, amino acids, glycosides and flavonoids. Also, nearly zero fat (0.1 g per 100 g) is found in curry leaves.

Some of the other chemical constituents present in curry leaves include carbazole alkaloids. Research studies held by the Department of Home Economics at Kenmei Women’s Junior College in Hyogo, Japan showed that alkaloids found in curry leaves possess antioxidant properties. Carbazole alkaloids include mahanimbine, murrayanol, mahanineoenimbine, O-methylmurrayamine A, O-methylmahanine, isomahanine, bismahanine and bispyrayafoline. . Further studies conducted at the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University suggested that these chemicals had insecticidal and antimicrobial properties as well, specifically mosquitocidal properties.

Health Benefits of Curry Leaves

Most people think that curry leaves just add flavor to the food and they throw the leaves away while eating eating their soup or curry. However, curry leaves are far more important than many people realize, and they offer a number of health benefits without the side effects of other medicines.

Stops Diarrhea: Research studies conducted by Ashish Pagariya and  Maithili, V. concluded that the carbazole alkaloids present in curry leaves or Murraya Koenigii had anti-diarrheal properties. Experiments on lab rats showed that carbazole extracts from curry leaves had significantly controlled castor oil-induced diarrhea. A bunch of curry leaves can be ground up and the paste can be eaten or the juice of the leaves can be consumed.

Gastrointestinal Protection: Use of curry leaves is recommended as a cure for gastrointestinal issues in Ayurvedic methodology. One important is due to the fact that they are considered to possess mild laxative properties. Make juice out of a bunch of curry leaves and add lime juice. This mixture is to be consumed for indigestion or a paste made from the leaves can be added to buttermilk and taken every morning on an empty stomach.

Antioxidant Properties: Research studies conducted by Mylarappa B. Ningappa et al. at Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research, Molecular Parasitology and Protein Engineering Laboratory in Bengaluru, India have indicated that curry leaves or Murraya Koenigii is a good source of antioxidants.  The presence of various vitamins like vitamin A, B, C and E help in reducing oxidative stress and free radical scavenging activity. Curry leaves can be added to your curries, vegetable stews and soups. They are also available in dried powder form.

Anti-Diabetic Properties: Perhaps one of the biggest health benefits of curry leaves is its use in diabetes control. Research conducted by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University of Madras, Chennai had shown that the anti-hyperglycemic properties of curry leaves were beneficial in controlling blood glucose levels in diabetic rats.

Fights Cancer: The chemical constituents found in curry leaves such as phenols are helpful in fighting cancers such as leukemia, prostate cancer and colorectal cancers. Research on curry leaves at the Department of Medical Chemistry at Mejio University, Japan showed evidence of cancer fighting properties in the carbazole alkaloids extract from curry leaves.

Lowers Cholesterol Levels:  Curry leaves are also known to reduce bad LDL cholesterol level. Studies conducted at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Kerala, India have shown that curry leaves have the potential to reduce LDL cholesterol levels.

Good for Hair Growth: Curry leaves are believed to help in strengthening hair roots. Dry curry leaf powder mixed in oil can be applied to your hair with a quick massage. The paste from curry leaves can also be applied in cases of gray hair. Doing these on a regular basis can improve hair growth as well.

Eyesight: Curry leaves contain high amounts of vitamin A and are therefore good for eyesight. Vitamin A contains carotenoids which protect the cornea, which is the eye surface. Deficiency of vitamin A may cause night blindness, cloud formations in front of the eye and even the loss of vision loss in some cases.

Radio-Protective and Chemo-Protective: Studies on the extracts of curry leaves have shown positive results in reducing the effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, while also offering protection against chromosomal damage, protection of bone marrow and prevention of free radicals becoming active in the body.

Protects Against Pathogen Attack: Research on curry leaves has revealed that they are also effective in fighting bacterial and fungal infections. The leaf extracts from the plant have been comparable to popular, mainstream antibiotic drugs.

Protects the Liver:  Your liver plays a major role in the digestive system and it needs to be protected from any attack by free radicals, as well as viral and bacterial attacks that can result in infection. Research on curry leaves has indicated that the tannins and carbazole alkaloids present in curry leaves exhibited good hepato-protective properties. They are also helpful in protecting the liver from various diseases such as hepatitis and cirrhosis.

Skin care: Curry leaves are also helpful in skin care. The juice or paste of the leaves can be applied on burns, cuts, bruises, skin irritations and insect bites for quick recovery and clean healing.

Ref. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-curry-leaves.html

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  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

Cumin Seeds/Jeera

Cumin seed / Jeera, Botanical name: Cuminum cyminum

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Spices play an important role in enhancing the taste and flavor of dishes they are used in. Cumin is a spice extensively used in Indian cookery. Cumin seeds or “jeera” is basically a tiny seed of a Mediterranean plant in the parsley family. It is an aromatic spice used in Indian, Chinese, Middle Eastern, , North African, Mexican and western cuisines. In India, cumin seeds are generally fried or roasted for use in cookery. There are different varieties of cumin seeds. one variety of cumin is called black cumin seeds or Shah jeera .

Usage of Cumin seed/ jeera (Cooking/Eating)

Cumin is an important ingredient in Indian kitchen. Both ground and whole cumin seeds are used to season a variety of recipes such as curries, soups and stews. Cumin seeds should be lightly roasted or fried before adding them to any recipe to obtain their full aroma and flavour. Given below are certain tips for using this spice.

Jeera rice:Jeera rice is  popular dish in India which is prepared by frying cumin seeds in cooking medium and cooking rice in it with water.

Flavour In Dal And Curry Varieties:

Cumin seed is a healthy addition to enhance the flavor of lentils, beans, curd/ yogurt based dishes etc. Its aroma and taste greatly complements the recipe .

Tadka / Tempering / Seasoning In Dals / lentils:

Dals/ lentils are regarded as a staple diet in India. Whole cumin seeds are used for Seasoning/tempering (providing tadka) to the dals, thus imparting a wonderful flavor/ aroma to the dals. It is also used to temper meat dishes.

Seasoning Vegetables:

Vegetables can be seasoned with cumin. For instance, potatoes can be easily prepared with cumin.

Chicken Preparation:

Besides dal and vegetables, cumin can be used in preparing chicken.

Panch Phoron:

Cumin seeds are used in preparing Bengali spice mixture known as “panch phoron”. It is basically a combination of nigella seeds, black mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds and cumin. This spice mix is used in several dishes such as potato curry, pan roasted potatoes and salmon.

Flavouring In Rasam:

Roasted cumin seeds along with ground black pepper are used in flavoring rasams.  They are toasted with coriander to provide a distinct aroma and are widely used in South Indian and Sri Lankan cuisines.

Preparation Of Soups, Sauces And Pickles:

Cumin seeds are used in the preparation of soups, barbecue sauces, pickling and is one of theingredients in curry powder. Black cumin seeds are used as a spice in Persian and Mughlai cuisine.

Besides its culinary uses, this aromatic spice is known for its medicinal properties.

Cumin benefits  blood circulation:

Iron rich cumin seeds are good for the body. Iron is necessary for the formation of hemoglobin in the blood. The use of Cumin protects from Anemia.

Cumin benefits digestion:

In Cumin seeds there are Enzymes present that help to breakdown foods and helps in digestion.

Drinking jeera water is very advantageous for the major organs like liver, stomach and kidney.

Soak a teaspoon of jeera in a glass of water for the entire night and drink it in morning, it facilitates the bile production by the liver which relieves from the bloating, acidity, abdominal gas etc.

Jeera water clears up the respiratory passage by diluting all the collected mucous in chest. It acts as an antiseptic which kills the microorganisms and prevents from the cold, cough and fever.

Cumin benefits Skin:

Cumin is rich in content of vitamin E which keeps our skin healthy and glowing. Also, the essential oils in cumin have disinfectant and anti-fungal properties which protect our skin from fungal and microbial infections.

Direct application of cumin paste on boils, pimples, eczema, psoriasis and other skin disorders facilitates quick healing.

A dash of ground cumin powder can also be added to a face pack to treat skin issues.

Cumin is also a good source of dietary fiber which helps in the cleaning process and removes toxins.

Cumin is also a good source of dietary fiber,it helps in the cleaning process and removes toxins.

Cumin’s combination of antioxidant effect and antibacterial property  provides us with a healthy, beautiful skin that lasts till our old age.

If you are suffering from body heat and skin itchiness, boil some cumin seeds in water, after cooling it, take a bath with that water.

Benefits of Jeera Water for Skin

Drinking luke warm jeera water is considered to rehydrate the human body and keep refresh all the time.

Jeera seeds are full of dietary fibers which remove the toxic materials in the body and cleanse the skin to make it clean, fresh and rejuvenate.

It makes the facial skin naturally glowing and healthy.

Regular intake of the jeera water in the morning provides enough vitamins (vitamin A, C and E) to the body which nourishes the skin.

Taking jeera water with some ginger soothes the sore throat.

Regular intake of jeera water helps in treating the sleep disorder and enhances the sound sleep.

It soothes the skin by relieving the burning sensation of the skin.It boosts up the skin functioning and enhances its ability to absorb more essential nutrients to be nourished and healthy.

It has necessary minerals (potassium, calcium, selenium, copper, manganese) playing vital role in keeping the skin supple, soft and smooth.It replenishes the skin and prevents from getting wrinkled thus aids in preventing the premature aging.

It manages the proper blood content in the body and lowers the blood sugar level in the blood.

Because of its richness in the iron content, it helps in treating the anemia by maintaining the hemoglobin content of the blood.It increases the blood hemoglobin level thus enhances the oxygen carrying capacity of the cells throughout the body.

Jeera/Cumin seeds act as a good broncho dilator and have a compound called Thymoquinone which helps in reducing the inflammations and treating asthma.

It is a very good anti-oxidant spice which fights with the free radicals in the body and enhances the body immunity to better fights with all the infections.

Starting every morning with a glass of jeera water helps to fight with the various disorders such as morning sickness, diarrhea, flatulence, nausea, dyspepsia, mal absorption syndrome as it helps in stimulating the secretion of enzymes which breaks the carbohydrate, glucose and fat.

Potassium content available in the jeera maintains the blood pressure and heart rate thus preventing the hypertension.

Benefits of cumin / jeera water for Hair

Jeera water nourishes the hair follicles and makes it long, flawless, shiny and strong because of its vitamins and minerals. It nourishes the hair by the root and makes it silky and lustrous.

Cumin oil  benefits Cumin seeds oil extract works as a good stimulant, carminative, anti-oxidant and diuretic.It is greatly used for purposes of aroma therapy, massage and scalp treatment to get rid of dandruff.

Cumin benefits Weight Loss It slightly aids in the strategy of the weight management as it stimulates the appetite, removes toxins from the body and treats various digestive disorders including gas and bloating problems.

 Ref.http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-benefits-of-cumin-jeera/

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