Even the fanciest dish, if not seasoned well, loses its flavor. On the other hand, when you give them too much, they are simply inedible. One thing is for sure- they add wonderful character to any dish. During the fall and winter season, we look for ones that not only taste great, but also warm up on damp and cold days. So which ones to reach for?
Warming spices are very much the domain of Eastern cuisine. Fortunately, we borrowed from them not only the ritual
. Spices such as turmeric, cinnamon and cardamom have already made their way into our kitchen for good. What else do you need to know about them?
Helpful as cardamom
The list of warming spices opens with a grain less popular in Poland called cardamom. You can buy it in both powdered and whole form. Be careful with the amount of it, as it has a very intense, spicy flavor. Just one pinch makes it noticeable throughout the dish. Great for:
- Mulled wine,
- Winter Tea,
- Spicy baked goods such as gingerbread or spicy brownie.
The advantage of this spice is the taste and its beneficial effect on our body. It has warming properties, accelerates metabolism and fat burning. You will certainly meet its ingredient in natural throat syrups or asthma medicines.
Gold of the East – Turmeric
Known since ancient times, it is still loved for its wonderful effects on the human body. First of all, it has an anti-inflammatory effect. It is also known for its antibacterial properties. When you add in a body detox, almost everyone will love it. In nature it occurs in the form of a root, somewhat similar to ginger. However, when cut open, you can immediately see the difference – an intense yellow center. Add turmeric to:
- A morning glass of water with honey
- As a seasoning for vegetables
- For black tea
Turmeric also helps with respiratory conditions, parasite problems, and liver-related illnesses.
Hot as a chilli
The cayene pepper is a small, inconspicuous pepper. Anyone who unwittingly tastes it becomes convinced of how powerful it is. It is one of the hottest spices in the world. And on top of that, it warms up very well. You will find it in the form of peppers, ground into powder or in the form of flakes. It comes in handy when you want to sharpen the flavor:
- Hot chocolate,
- Chocolate chip cookies,
- Meat dishes,
Cayenne pepper is great for speeding up digestion and healing infections. Plus, it is scientifically proven to lower blood cholesterol levels.
For inflammation – ginger
Ginger rhizome looks quite ordinary and it is hard to believe that it has such a great power. Buy it in root form, in which case peel it off the skin before using, or ground into a powder. Pairs well with:
- Asian cuisine
- Spice ingredient
- Tea additive
- Ingredient for mulled wine
- Broth, as long as you don’t give it more than 1.5 cm of root.
Ginger itself helps with infections, and its effects are comparable to aspirin. In addition, it stimulates blood circulation and has an anticoagulant effect. It will give relief from bloating, nausea, migraines and digestive problems.
It is one of the most popular spices that is found in every kitchen. Not only does it warm you up, but it adds flavor to any dish. It is sold in young shoot bark or powdered form. If you are buying whole, make sure that these are the ones that are allowed to be eaten. Cinnamon sticks are also a very popular decorating and florist accessory. Add it to:
- Baked goods, especially those for Christmas,
- Apple pie,
- Carrot Cake,
- Hot chocolate,
- The mulled wine.
This spice has a strong effect on digestive processes, lowers cholesterol and soothes the nervous system.
All in all, these spices are a true journey to a better, more distinct flavor in every dish. So don’t hesitate to reach for them, especially on those winter days. Like
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