In winter to create good mood you always want a warm delicious meal. It is also a time when we need to care more about health and strengthen your immune system to enable it to resist common diseases such as colds and flu. Adding tasty and rich with nutrients mixed spices in savory and sweet dishes, you make them more interesting to the taste and more healthy. Here are recipes of some aromatic spice blends that have excellent taste and rich in nutrients.
Useful properties of spices
Spices not only enrich the taste of food, but also contain additional nutrients. Studies show that the use of such spices as turmeric can have a positive effect on health. Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric also may have a positive impact on the brain and reduce the risk of heart disease. According to some reports it can ease arthritis pain and is an antidepressant.
Cayenne pepper and other types of hot peppers contain capsaicin which can increase metabolism and lower blood pressure.
One of the most popular spices in the world cinnamon contains a complete set of healthy antioxidants that have proven properties to increase the resistance to diseases. Antioxidants strengthen the immune system so it can better resist diseases. Studies have shown that cinnamon can reduce blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, although these studies do not give unambiguous results. Cinnamon not only improves the taste of food; in many traditional cuisines it is added to food to improve digestion.
Mixed spices for magnificent flavor
Soups, hot dishes, chilli and curries are perfect for the cold season mainly thanks to a delicious blend of spices that you add when cooking. In addition, they are suitable not only for meat lovers. The following recipes are suitable for both meat dishes and vegan and vegetarian.
The mixture of spices to dishes with chili and soups
This spice blend is perfect for meat, stewed with Chile in pots or vegetarian chili. Also it is great for bean soup, stewed lentils, or roasted root vegetables.
- 4 tbsp chili powder
- 4 tsp ground cumin
- 1½ tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp Cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp of turmeric powder
Spice blend for meat or vegetable hot
- 8 whole Bay leaves
- 8 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 2 tsp. Pimenta drug
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp Cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1.5 tsp. of turmeric powder
Homemade curry powder
Curry powder is gaining popularity around the world. It is increasingly used not only for cooking Indian dishes, but also in everyday dishes. This mixture of spices is often added to rice dishes, steamed seafood or fried vegetables. Curry powder is a complex blend of spices and there are hundreds of its varieties. Some of them contain from 10 to 20 different spices. The proportions can be easily adjusted to suit your taste. Curry powder adds a delicious warmth, depth and taste to all recipes, regardless of whether they contain meat, fish, poultry or vegetables. For the best flavor and aroma of spices in the meat or onions while frying in oil. Liven up your winter dishes with this wonderful blend of curry.
- 10 tbsp of coriander
- 3 tbsp cumin
- 2 ½ tbsp of turmeric powder
- 4 tsp grated ginger
- 4 tsp ground fenugreek
- 3 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1-2 teaspoons of Cayenne pepper powder depending on desired spiciness
- 1 tsp chili pepper flakes
Additional (optional) ingredients:
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
Mix spices for sweet dishes
There is nothing better than coming into a warm house filled with the smell of pastries and spices. You can easily prepare one of these compounds, so it is always at hand when you’re baking or cooking.
Mixture of spices for Apple pie
This spice blend is also great for Apple cake, spice cake with raisins or pancakes. To impart a wonderful flavour it can be sprinkled on cereal, rice pudding or baked apples.
- 5 tbsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp of freshly ground nutmeg
- 2 tsp ground cardamom
- ½ Tsp ground cloves
Additional (optional ingredient):
- ¾ Tsp ground Pimenta the drug
Mixture of spices for pumpkin
Fortunately, this mixture is for gourd is suitable not only for the pie. It can be used for pumpkin cake, rice pudding, hot chocolate and many other recipes.
- 5 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 4 tsp grated ginger
- 4 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
- 2 tsp. ground cloves
- 2 tsp. Pimenta drug
This article was written by staff writer iHerb.