As you all know I love spices, both savoury and sweet. They just give food that EXTRA! vibe. Whether is is sweet dessert or spicy curries, you will never go wrong when it comes to adding them to your dishes. My spice for the week is Pilau Masala Whole spice mix. This spice mix contains cumin seeds, black pepper, cinnamon sticks, cardamom and cloves. Using whole spices adds that authentic natural aroma and taste. When using whole spices you can ground them in a mortar or electric grinder. I like using them whole especially when making Korma. I have cooked pilau with ground spices so this month look forward to a whole spice pilau affair.

Whole cloves contain fibre, vitamins and minerals that help prevent constipation, strengthen immune system and build strong bones. They are also high in antioxidants
Earthy, spicy, nutty and warm describes cumin which promotes digestion and is a rich source of iron

Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants too. Its anti inflammatory properties help body fight infections and repair tissue damage plus may help lower blood sugar

An instense, slightly sweet spice cardamom may help lower blood pressure due to its antioxidant and diuretic properties. The spice is often used to treat bad breath and it is a component of some chewing gums

Black pepper is full of antioxidants and may help fight bacteria

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