What Is Asafoetida?

Asafoetida (sometimes called Hing) is a spice that is used extensively in vegetarian Indian curries. The asafoetida plant, Ferula assafoetida, is native to Iran and grows to a height of around two metres. Nowadays the plant is grown in Afghanistan and Kasmir as well as Iran. The plant stems are from 5 to 8 cms…

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What Is Allspice?

Allspice is the dried unripened fruit of the Pimenta dioica plant. The taste of allspice is similar to a mixture of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper – hence the name allspice. Allspice originally comes from the Caribbean. The Jamaican strain of the spice is regarded as the best (one of the alternative names for allspice…

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What Is Lemongrass?

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) is a tropical grass that is grown in India, southeast Asia, Africa and central America. Lemongrass thrives in sandy soil in hot climates that have a lot of rain. Lemongrass has a bulb-like root at the bottom of the stalk and is used like an herb. It really does taste like lemon….

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What is Cardamom?

The cardamom spice is a member of the ginger family and is used to flavour food. The aroma is mild whilst the taste is sharply bitter and strong but is not unpleasant. The cardamom plant, Elletaria cardamomum, originally comes from India and is a bush that grows to about 3 metres (10 feet). The cardamom…

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Indian Food – The Facts

Indian Curry restaurants serve approximately 2.5 million customers every week! The most popular Indian dish is, of course, the tasty chicken curry ( and our top recipe most months ) – Chicken Tikka Masala Over 70,000 staff are employed by the more than 9,000 Indian Curry Restaurants in the UK and, in fact, in London…

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What Is Ginger?

Ginger is a widely used pungent herb that is used in cooking. The main producers of ginger are India, Brazil, Jamaica and Nigeria. When added to curries, the ginger roots are chopped, crushed or grated to release the flavour. You can buy ginger in powder form but most purists say that the root should be…

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