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Herbs and Spices

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Fruits and Vegetables


When we start using recipes, we may want to get some information about the ingredients we are using. This Glossary offers some of that information. Hover over the slightly highlighted Keywords to see an Image, a Description and a link to a related website for detailed information.

  • Cardamom

    Cardamom is a very flavorful spice usually used for desserts in India. There are numerous health benefits by using Cardamom.

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  • Carrots

    The health benefits of carrots include reduced cholesterol, lower risk of heart attacks, warding off of certain cancers, improved vision and reduced signs of premature aging. Furthermore, carrots have the ability to increase the health of your skin, boost the immune system, improve digestion, increase cardiovascular health, detoxify the body, and boost oral health in a variety of ways. They also provide a well-rounded influx of vitamins and minerals.

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  • Cashews

    Cashews are heart-protective, anti-oxidant, magnesium rich, prevent gall stones, lower risk of weight gain etc.

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  • Cayenne

    Cayenne Pepper adds spice, color and taste to any savory dish. Cayenne pepper has been used for a variety of ailments.

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  • Channa Dahl

    Channa dahl is delicious, nutritious and easily digested. High in fiber; lowers cholesterol, good for diabetes, and a great source of vitamins and nutrients.

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  • Chayote Squash

    Chayote like pumpkin is one of the vegetables which is very low calories; provide just 16 calories per 100 g and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. However, it is rich a source of dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. Being a low-calorie and fiber-rich vegetable; the dieticians often recommend it in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.

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  • Cilantro

    Cilantro is widely employed in savory dishes in almost all parts of the world. The herb carries many notable plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health-promoting properties. Plant coriander is quite similar to dill in terms of utility where both its leaves as well as seeds can be used in cuisine. Cilantro & Coriander have a long history of Anti~Inflammatory properties. It’s been shown to lower cholesterol, help with Anxiety, be Anti~Microbal & Anti~Diabetic. It is also been shown to be helpful in removing Heavy Metals from the body, especially Mercury.

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  • Coconut

    Coconut is a very versatile and indispensable food item for most people under the tropical belt. It is a complete food rich in calories, vitamins, and minerals. A medium-sized nut carrying 400 g edible food and some 30-150 ml of water may provide almost all the daily-required essential minerals, vitamins, and energy of an average-sized individual.

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  • Coriander

    Coriander, commonly known as Dhania in the Indian Subcontinent and Cilantro in the Americas is an herb used around the world as a condiment with a pleasant aroma, raw or dried and powdered. Its health benefits are too many to specify here.

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  • Cucumbers

    Few foods are as cool as a cucumber. These low-calorie veggies contain many nutritional benefits, including hydrating properties and valuable nutrients.

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  • Cumin

    Cumin seeds have great taste, add wonderful taste and flavor to any food. It has great health benefits too. It has Iron for Energy and Immune Function, and great for digestion, cancer prevention and many more great qualities.

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  • Curry Leaves

    Kadi patta, or Karuvepillai, or curry leaves is a staple in Indian dishes. Commonly used as seasoning, this leaf adds a special flavour to every dish. But there is more to the humble curry leaf than simply flavour. Packed with carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, phosphorous, irons and vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E, curry leaves help your heart function better, fights infections and can enliven your hair and skin with vitality. Here are few health benefits of kadi patta.

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