Festive Season – Must-Have Indian Spices

The festive season is here and we couldn’t be more excited! The coming few months are going to be all about celebrations, prayers, poojas and prasads!

Even though celebrations look different this year due to physical distancing, you can still make your favorite prasads at home with authentic Indian ingredients.

Continue reading to find out how you can make your Onam, Ganesh Utsav, Navratri, Diwali extra sweet this year!

Elaichi :

Modak and Puran Poli are the most well-known and mouth-watering prasads that are eaten during the Ganesh Utsav. Additionally, Modak is believed to be the favorite sweet of Lord Ganesha. There is one key ingredient that makes you want to keep eating these sweets: cardamom powder or elaichi.

Elaichi is used in both sweet and savory foods. It is a must-have ingredient for both the dishes. Adding Elaichi to your Puran Poli gives it the extra tang of flavor, which cannot be found anywhere else.

As for the Modak, one of the main ingredients is cardamom powder that creates a unique taste that we all love and relish.

Nutmeg :

Nutmeg powder is one of the most essential ingredients during the festival of Navratri. It is used in making kheer, ladoos, sheera, and more. As a matter of fact, it has an extremely unique property of having a sweet and spicy flavor at the same time.

It is used very differently in kheer and ladoos. Elaichi Powder is sprinkled on Kheer to add some extra flavor. In comparison, it is one of the main ingredients while making ladoos.

Moreover, some people believe that Nutmeg aids with digestion.

Cinnamon :

The flavor of Cinnamon is hard to describe. It’s a mix of sweet, spicy, and bitter. However, when Cinnamon is used as a garnish while making moong dal halwa, it perfectly complements the primary ingredients of ghee, sugar, and moong. While the main ingredients add all the sweetness to the dish, the cinnamon adds the spice.

Incidentally, this is what gives halwa its character, making it the perfect sweet dish to enjoy during all the special festivals!

So, what’re you waiting for? It’s never too early to start preparing. Start buying your authentic Indian spices now, and get ready to celebrate with your family!