MAHARAJA INDIAN CUISINE
2570 Jackson Ave, suite 23 Oxford, MS 38655.
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Spices

At  Maharaja, all spices listed below are commonly used in most of our dishes, and despite enhancing the taste of foods, have great health benefits. Here are some resent studies to prove that:

Mustard is  a  widely    used   spice,  with  known  anti-cancer properties   and   high   selenium  and   magnesium   content.  In Indian cooking, whole mustard seeds are used as a flavor base for a  range  of  vegetable  curries, by heating in a little oil until the seeds make a popping sound, and then adding the vegetable ingredients.

Chilli Powder    has become  basic ingredient in Indian culinary. Chilli powder adds flavor to the food. Chilli powder has many beneficial  properties,  making  it an important part in Ayurvedic medicines  to  fight  many  diseases, destroys harmful toxins and stimulate  gastric  juices that help in digesting food. It also helps in clearing nasal congestion, relieves throat infection, and acts as Painkiller in muscle spasms.  It also increases thermo genesis (heat Production) and oxygen consumption which contributes to weight loss. 

Cardamom   is called "the Queen of all spices" and contains the antioxidant cineole. Cardamom is another spice regarded as a cure-all. Cardamom detoxifies the liver, strengthens the immune system and calms the nerves. Cardamom is used to fight kidney and stomach cancer, and also to treat digestive problems, asthma, and urinary tract infections. Cardamom seeds freshen the breath.. 

Turmeric    is also known as curcumin contains curcuma, the pigment providing the bright yellow/orange color and antioxidant. A natural pain killer, turmeric detoxifies the liver, treats arthritis, reduces nervous tension and fights depression. Also used for psoriasis, turmeric boosts metabolic function and reduces body fat. Turmeric is used to treat leukemia, multiple sclerosis, melanoma and Alzheimer's disease. When turmeric is combined with cauliflower it is believed to help prevent cancers of the pancreas, prostate, liver and lungs. Turmeric has antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory Properties. 

Pepper  is   an    extensively   used  spice  both  in  Eastern  and Western food. It has an impressive antioxidant and antibacterial effect   and   helps  with  digestion  and  weight  loss  because  it stimulates the breakdown of fat cells.  

Cumin is excellent for colds and fevers when infused in hot water, also purifies the blood and protects against stomach infections. It  is  a  good  source  of  iron, and has traditionally been used  to  aid  digestion.    

Cloves  have  an  intense  aromatic  flavor and contain an active component   called   eugenol   which  has  mild  anesthetic anti-inflammatory  and  anti-bacterial  properties.  Commonly used as a topical pain reliever for toothaches. Also used as a sore throat spray, to treat joint pain, and to reduce skin inflammation, clove even helps fight stomach cancer.  

Fenugreek  has  a  powerful  pungent,  bittersweet flavor that is released  when  the  small  hard  seeds  are  roasted. Fenugreeks delay gastric emptying & stimulates insulin secretion & hence are beneficial in diabetics. It is also a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. 

Tamarind  (Hindi name: Imli) has a refreshing sweet, sour taste with  a  slight fruity aroma. The tamarind bean contains a sticky pulp which is used as flavoring for its typical aroma and taste.  Tamarind is antiseptic, mild laxative and  digestive.  Gargles with Tamarind water are recommended for a sore throat.  Being highly acidic, it gives a cooling effect on out body in summer.  It is believed to boost metabolism.  

Cinnamon can  be used  ground  or whole, to flavor beverages, curries, rice dishes and desserts. The essential oils found cinnamon give it anti-clotting and anti-microbial properties and recent studies have shown that it slows the rate at which the stomach empties after meals, reducing the rise in blood sugar after eating.                      

 

Ginger  is  one  of  the  healthiest  spices  available.  It has  long been   used   as  a  herbal   medicine   to  relieve  gastrointestinal distress  and  nausea,  and  in  modern  times  has been shown to have  anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.  It is also  used  as   a   natural   remedy    for   cold   and   flu  symptoms  and  is thought to have immune boosting action.  

Garlic  is  a  powerfully  flavored spice that improves the flavor of  any  dish,  and has been used for centuries for its therapeutic benefits . It is also counted amongst the  list  of most healthy spices.  Garlic contains a number of sulfur compounds and also vitamin C, vitamin B6, selenium and manganese. Studies have shown that garlic helps prevent  atherosclerosis, heart disease and   potentially   cancer  as  well.     One   of   the most potent compounds in  garlic is allicin, which has been shown to not only lower blood pressure, insulin  and  triglycerides,  but also to prevent weight gain. 

 

 

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