It's at home in everything from pastries to curries, and oils in the seeds of cardamon have antibacterial properties.
A tiny seed with a large influence, cumin transforms any humble legume — and is revered as a digestive aid.
Vitamins, minerals, and fiber: that's nutmeg. And it's not just for baking! Nutmeg transforms sauces and root vegetables.
Antioxidant-rich mace is sharper and warmer than nutmeg; use it to add depth to curries and sauces.
Anise, high in B-complex vitamins and minerals, has a licorice flavor that's a revelation with carrots.
Asafetida adds a lingering garlic and onion-like umami note to your entire dish, and it helps mitigate bloating.
Every Indian family makes their own garam masala, then intensely aromatic spice blend. Try making this recipe your own.
Looking for more knowledge? Here's a quirky, illustrated deep-dive into the world of spices
Author Marryam Reshii has a large collection of spice grinders, so it's no surprise this book will take over your senses.