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Top 5 Spices Of Pakistan

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Pakistani spicesPakistani food is famous worldwide for being rich, spicy, and tasty. It is, therefore, imperative that attention be paid to at least top 5 spices of Pakistan, just in case you may want to recreate some of the magic in your kitchen.


 


1) Kalonji (Nigella Seed)


 


Kalonji is most beneficial for the digestive system and it soothes stomach pains, spasms and flatulence. As far as its culinary uses are concerned, Nigella seeds are used in roasted, powdered, or whole form. It is primarily used to flavor curries, vegetables, and pulses.


 


2) Anardana (Pomegranate seeds)


 


On first look, it may seem that adding pomegranate seeds to a dish would make it sweet but the key is to use it is in the right quantity. Dried pomegranate seeds are used in preparing chutneys and curries while ground anardana is used in imparting deep flavor to dishes.


 


3) Amchoor (Dried mango powder)


 


Mango, especially unripe or sour mango, is used in cuisines throughout South Asia, so Pakistan is no exception. Pakistani cooks use unripe mangoes in chutneys, pickles, or side dishes. Amchoor is used to spice up curies, and to lend them an extra-tangy touch.


 


4) Kebab Cheeni (Allspice)


 


Allspice combines the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves and is mainly used to spice up kebabs and other non-vegetarian dishes. This is a clever spice as instead of depending upon different spices, it brings together the flavors of more than one spice, which, in itself, yields a surprising new flavor.


 


5) Kokum (Garcinia indica)


 


This spice comes from the outer cover of the dried fruit of the Garcinia indica plant and is peculiar in flavor with a blackish red color. Kokum is a popular substitute for tamarind in many Pakistani curries while it is also used to prepare a popular drink or sherbet, which is bright red in color. Kokum is good for digestion and it also keeps the body cool during summer.


 


Apart from these top 5 spices of Pakistan, the Pakistani cuisine uses a lot more spices, which are common to other cuisines as well. These are Kesar (saffron), Khus Khas (poppy seed), Lehsun (garlic), and Laung (cloves).


 


You are always looking for new ways to treat your family, especially on special occasions. This blog gives your at least 5 good reasons to start now.


 


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