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Top 10 Spices For Indian Food


Spices have been a part of Indian culture for a long time. The aroma, flavor, and taste obtained from spices are found nowhere else, and Indian food wouldn’t be so tasty if the spices were not added to it. The amalgamation of spices was done in the 14th century by the Mughals. A lot of dishes in Indian cuisine are inspired by Mughal, Persian, and Chinese cuisine. Hence, spices are not just famous in India but also all over the world. 

There are more than 40 Indian spices out of which maximum are used for daily cooking and can be found in every Indian household. We have come up with the top 10 essential spices for Indian food that are undeniably flavorful and aromatic. So, explore Indian food and spices in the article below. 


The first spice is an essential ingredient found in every Indian household. Every Indian recipe needs turmeric and it has an earthly supporting flavor. Be it curries, soups, stews, rice, or any other dish and it will give a bright color and taste to the dish. It also has several  properties that treat cold and cough and is great medicine for digestive issues. An interesting dish made of turmeric is haldi ka halwa. Sounds a bit weird right. But trust us it has the best flavor and also satisfies the taste bud due to the addition of other ingredients including turmeric


The next spice is used as a tadka (tempering) in many Indian food dishes along with other ingredients. It tastes similar to caraway or dill and has a strong flavor that enhances the taste of any dish. Cumin seeds are used in their original form or grounded into a fine powder and are a staple for Indian curries. Cumin also has various medical benefits that include great digestive properties. A tip from our side when you add cumin seeds to a dish would be to fry it only for 10-15 seconds on medium heat or else the seeds will burn easily and give a bitter taste to the dish. 

Green cardamom

Green cardamom is widely popular in the Indian subcontinent due to its fragrance and sweet flavor. It is used in curries, rice, as well as beverages. A popular beverage known as tea or chai includes green cardamom as a spice to add some flavor and taste. Usually, three to five pods of cardamom are added to a curry or rice and vary depending on the quantity. 

Coriander seeds

Coriander is one item that is used in all the forms. Be it fresh coriander leaves, stems of coriander, coriander seeds, or coriander powder, all of them are used in Indian cooking and are a staple item in many Indian households. One can add it in curry or soup along with other spices and the dish would taste divine. 


Ginger is another ingredient that can be found mostly in Indian cuisine. All Indian dishes would be incomplete without the addition of ginger. It is added in curries, soups, vegetable stew, beverages like chai or tea and makes it tastier. 

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Hing (asafoetida)

A spice that is used for tadka (tempering) along with the cumin seeds is asafoetida also known as hing. It is added especially to dals or other curries to enhance the flavor and just a pinch of it makes the dish more aromatic and tastier. We highly recommend you to try making a dish with something in it and just wing it with the best dish ever.


Fenugreek leaves or Kasuri methi is a spice added to different Indian curries in the end along with some garam masala to give it an extra taste and make it more delectable and luscious. An important point to be aware of is the quantity as more will destroy the dish and less will not give the right flavor. 

Bay leaves (tej patta)

Biryani and other Indian curries would be incomplete without bay leaves. The name tej patta itself defines the kind of strong flavor that the leaves have. It is added as a whole leaf to any dish and removed right before serving it to the devourer. The flavor of bay leaves is similar to cinnamon or clove. 


Cinnamon or cassia bark or Dalchini is a spice that you would find in any Indian grocery store. They are used in Indian recipes at the beginning of the cooking process and fried in oil to give the dish a good flavor and taste. Apart from this, cinnamon also has great medicinal properties. It acts as an antioxidant and reduces blood pressure as well as relieves one from digestive uncomfort. 

Black pepper

We all hate when it comes in a good bite of biryani but we cannot forget the importance of it and the kind of flavor it brings to the dish. Yes, you guessed it right, we are talking about small black seeds also known as peppercorns or kali mirch. The name itself denotes the spice level corn of pepper has and the kind of taste it brings. Black pepper has huge medicinal benefits and is added to black tea or kadha (decoction). 

If you want to avoid eating it but also want the flavor, use the powdered form or just add all the spices in a muslin cloth and remove it after some time.

The bottom line

So now you know how spices add flavor to Indian food and why it is undoubtedly the best. There are various medicinal and culinary properties of spices that one might have read above. So what are you waiting for? Make the ultimate use of this list of spices for Indian food and add them to your dishes to make them taste better than ever.  

At Delhi deli, the use of these spices is done to the peak with perfection and it is visible through the fabulous and authentic dishes that are created by them. So, enjoy some wholesome food and explore the world of spices. 

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