The Great Indian Feast

Indian food famous all over the world, is often misinterpreted as the food dunked in oil and rubbed with spices. While spices and oil are essential elements of Indian food they do not solely depend on it.

Opening the eye of the viewers and making them aware of the nutrition value of Indian food, here we present healthy food recipes that can be cooked easily at home and yet seem totally appealing.

Indian Spices not only add flavor, but also have many ayurvedic and medical healing powers. Among the old traditional medical uses, here are some benefits of the various spices used in Indian cooking apart from their enhancing the taste-

Asafoetida (Hing) Used to get rid of cough and stomach ache caused due to gas.
Bay leaf (Tez Patta) Bay leaf oil possesses antifungal and anti-bacterial benefits.
Cardamom (Elaichi) Helps to control bad breath and digestive disorder.
Chilli (Lal Mirch) The antioxidants present in chilli help to cope with cholesterol. It also helps burning calories
Cinnamon (Dalchini) It supports natural production of insulin and reduces blood cholesterol
Clove (Laung) Clove oil is beneficial for coping with tooth ache and sore gums. It is also beneficial remedy for chest pains, fever, digestive problems, cough and cold.
Coriander (Dhaniya) It can be used externally on aching joints and rheumatism. It is also good for coping with soar throat, allergies, digestion problems, hay fever etc.
Cumin (Zeera) It is a good source or iron and keeps immune system healthy. Water boiled with cumin seeds is good for coping with dysentery.
Curry leaves (Curry Patta) These leaves are beneficial for reducing blood sugar. Each part of the plant provides some benefit or the other. The dried leaves are extensively used in herbal medicines.
Fenugreek (Methi) Fenugreek seed tea or sweet fudge is good for increasing breast milk. It also helpful for treating diabetes and lowering cholesterol
Garlic (Lassan) It is useful for coping with cough and cold. It also has antibiotic properties.
Ginger (Adrak) Helps to avoid digestive problems. It is beneficial for coping with cough and cold.
Mustard (Rye) Mustard oil is good for body massage and even for getting good hair. It consists of omega-3 fatty acids. It is an excellent source of iron, zinc, manganese, calcium, protein etc.
Nutmeg (Jaiphal) It is beneficial for the treatments of asthma, heart disorder and bad breath.
Pepper (Kaali Mirch) It helps coping with cold, cough, infections etc. It helps to deal with muscle pains and digestive problems
Saffron (Zaffran/Kesar) It helps to cope with skin diseases. It is a good remedy for cough, cold and asthma.
Star anise (Chakra Phool) Star anise oil is beneficial for rheumatism. It is helpful for digestion and avoiding bad breath
Turmeric (Haldi) It helps deal with skin problems. Turmeric powder can be used for healing cuts and wounds. It also makes coping with diabetes easier.