Indian cuisine is very popular: with curry, tandoori and naan bread there is something for everyone. Indian spices such as fenugreek, chilli and turmeric spice up your dishes.
Indian spices - taste explosions from the subcontinent!
The subcontinent of India is known worldwide for its colourful and delicious dishes. The many influences that have shaped the country are also reflected in Indian food culture. However, many of the rich Indian spices and spice blends are also an integral part of our everyday life.
Indian spices are colourful and delicious!
Like the country - like the food! This definitely applies to India. The dishes from the South Asian state are as varied and colourful as the country itself. Responsible for this colourfulness is, among other things, a variety of (for us) exotic spices. Among the most famous spices from India are for example chilli, aniseed and fenugreek. These spices are not only very tasty, but can also contribute to physical well-being. Indian food is therefore not only delicious, but also beneficial to health.
Often the first association one makes with Indian food is curry. Curry powder, however, is not a spice in its own right, but a spice mixture for curry dishes and thus a composition of different tastes. The main ingredient of this mixture is turmeric. This spice gives the curry powder its characteristic colour.
Spices and spice mixtures from India are popular all over the world!!
From this variety of spices, in India, many spice mixtures (Masalas) have been developed, which still shape the Indian cuisine today. By far the most popular is the curry powder mentioned above. But curry is not just curry. Contrary to what is often assumed, this mixture of spices is not a universally valid recipe. Rather, the recipes and thus also the taste vary from region to region. In the south of the country people tend to eat spicy food, whereas in the north of India it is comparatively mild.
As already mentioned, the main ingredient of a curry powder is turmeric. This is one of the reasons, why the root spice is so popular in India. Of course, we also have this popular spice in our assortment for you. Besides its colouring effect, turmeric is also said to have a healing power. The traditional spice from India should not be missing in any health-conscious kitchen. The taste of turmeric can be compared as mildly spicy to slightly bitter. Roughly speaking, the taste of turmeric is reminiscent of that of another root spice, ginger. This excellent taste is perfect for example with fish, poultry, meat, eggs, vegetables and with spicy sauces and dressings.
Another Indian spice mixture is Garam Masala. This mixture has a piquant and spicy taste, which fits perfectly to curry dishes with fish, poultry or shrimps. The ingredients of this spice mixture are among others cumin, turmeric and coriander.
The Indian spices and spice mixtures from Pepperworld are free of additives!
We have at Pepperworld the philosophy that good food is very important and not only serves the purpose of proper food intake. This starts of course with the ingredients that are used for the dishes. For this reason, we take great care to ensure that our products are free of artificial additives. So you can buy our Indian spices with a clear conscience and thus ensure a tasty and healthy meal.
Many things influence the Indian food culture:
As mentioned before, India is a very diverse country. This is mainly due to the special history of the South Asian subcontinent, especially the colonization by the British. The world-famous curry powder would probably never have come into being without the connection between British and Indian cuisine. Because, the former British colonial masters are the real inventors of curry powder, because instead of using the necessary spices of Indian cuisine freshly, they use a specially created spice mixture. Besides the British influence on the Indian food culture, there are others. For example, some parts of the country met other cultures long before the British. For example, the northwest of India is still influenced by Islam today, as the Arabs conquered the corresponding areas in the 8th century AD.
However, there are regional differences in eating culture:
The subcontinent of India is huge; almost ten times the size of Germany. Of course, the eating habits of Indians vary slightly in the different regions of the country. For example, the order of the courses is different in some areas. One thing, however, unites Indians when it comes to eating: Indians usually eat with their right hand only.
Indian salt is partly responsible for independence:
India's salt plays a crucial role in the country's history. In order to demonstrate against a usurious salt tax imposed by the colonialists, activist Gandhi sets out on a "salt march" several hundred kilometres long towards the coast. Once there, his followers learn how the salt is extracted from the sea. From then on, the tax is avoided and India's independence from Great Britain is much closer.
This is how you use Indian spices correctly:
Indian cooking contains many rice dishes. Vegetables are also very important in the Indian diet, as many Hindus eat vegetarian or even vegan food. Of course, the consumption of meat is also part of everyday life for many Indians. But as for the Hindus the cow is considered as a holy animal, beef is not on the menu. Due to the Muslim traditions, at least in some parts of the country, the consumption of pork is also rather unpopular in India. With poultry, on the other hand, the situation is quite different. As chicken meat is permitted in all religions, the consumption of poultry meat is widespread throughout India. Rice is often served as a side dish in India, so the spices from our range are also very suitable for preparing rice. To ensure that the Indian spices from Pepperworld are used to their best advantage in your kitchen, you should make sure that the dishes are prepared as authentically as possible. In the following list, we have once again summarized to which foods our Indian spices are suitable:
The Pepperworld conclusion:
The spices from the Indian kitchen provide, apart from the taste, also for colour variety in the meal. Indian food culture is characterized by many influences, including the colonial period of the British. The most famous mixture of Indian spices is curry powder, which would not exist without the English. However, other spice mixtures are known worldwide. Since a lot of rice, poultry and vegetables are eaten in India, our Indian spices are of course a perfect match for these foods. However, of course you are free to experiment with the Indian spices. The spices and spice mixtures from Pepperworld are all free of additives.
Spices have always played an important role in India, so the famous "salt march" of Gandhi is one of the reasons why India is independent. By the way, India traditionally eats with the right hand only.