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6 LESS USED HERBS IN THE INDIAN KITCHEN

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Written by Saloni Chachan

You may have heard about these herbs and they maybe present in your kitchen but never gave a thought on how it could be used differently and what other benefits and history it holds.

Here is a list of 6 herbs that will add aroma and flavor to your dishes –

 

OREGANO

oregano

Oregano when literally translated means “joy of mountains”The roots of this herb is found deep in the Mediterranean basin. It was first used by the Greeks.  As per their mythology, Goddess invented this spice and gave it to a man to make his life happier. Soon after the wedding, couples were crowned with wreaths of oregano. It was also used to give peace to the departed souls.

CULINARY USES-
  •  It has aromatic, warm and slightly bitter taste and is mostly used in Italian and Mexican dishes like pizza and pasta.
  •  However, in India, it can be used in soups, sauces or for salad dressing.
  • It goes well with tomato, lamb, broccoli, cauliflower and zucchini.
MEDICINAL BENEFITS-
  •  It is a rich source of vitamins and nutrients and a good source of iron and manganese as well as calcium, vitamin A, Vitamin C, omega fatty acids and anti-oxidants.
  •   It will cure your toothache, indigestion and cough.

 

PARSLEY

parsley

It originated in the Mediterranean region of southern Italy, Algeria and Tunisia. It has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years and was regarded in Greek culture. At first, it was used only as a medicinal plant but later on people started adding it to their food. Greeks believed that it has come up from the blood of the fallen Greek hero Archemorus.

CULINARY USES –
  • It is widely used in pasta and other Italian and Mexican dishes.
  • Soups, sauces for adding aroma and flavor.
  • It is used in sandwiches aswell.
  • It is used as a dressing in salads and juices.
MEDICINAL BENEFITS-
  •  It is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron and magnesium and is also rich in vitamins A, C and K.·
  •  It can be used to cure toothaches, bruises, insect bites and rough skin.

THYME 

thyme

It is native to the Mediterranean region and certain parts of South Africa and its uses date back to the Egyptian time.
Ancient Greeks used it as a perfume mixed with roses to fumigate their houses and Romans added it to their
cheese and alcohol.It was considered to give courage and energy to people.

CULINARY USES-
  • The thyme leaves should be used together, intact.·
  • It can be used in soups and stews.·
  • It goes well with chicken, meat and fish.
MEDICINAL BENEFITS-
  • High concentration of iron and other essential minerals like potassium and manganese and vitamins like A and C.
  • Increases your red blood cells and repairs worn out muscles and tissues.
  • It also reduces stress and increases heart health.

ROSEMARY

rosemary

During Medieval times, rosemary was believed to grow only in the gardens of the righteous.Sixteenth century Europeans also carried it in the heads of walking sticks to ward off the plague. In ancient times, it was used for improving memory.

CULINARY USES-
  • Used in vegetable soups·
  • Sandwiches, cheese and dips.
 MEDICINAL BENEFITS–
  • It contains vitamin A and C, iron, potassium, fiber, calcium and magnesium·
  • Improves immunity system·
  • Stimulates blood flow
  • It also has anti-aging properties.

BASIL

basil

Though it is widely used in India, it remains unused in cooking. Although more than 60 varieties of basil have been identified, they all fall into three main types: sweet, purple and bush.

CULINARY USES-
  • Can be used in sweet dishes like kheer.
  • Combines well with meat dishes, fish, cheese, vegetables, soups, and eggs.·
  •  It goes well with pasta and pizza toppings as well.
 MEDICINAL BENEFITS –
  • Basil contains vitamin A, B6, E, C, K, potassium, manganese, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium.·
  • It reduces inflammation and swelling.·
  • It has anti-aging properties.

SAGE

sage

It means “to be saved” and has one of the longest histories of use. Greeks used it as a fertility drug.


CULINARY USES-
  • Used for dressing that goes well with turkey dishes.·
  • It will go well with cheese, eggs, mushrooms, and omelets.·
  • Sage tea is also very healthy and a good way to utilize this herb.
MEDICINAL USES-
  • It contains vitamin A, C, calcium, and iron.·
  • Reduces depression·
  • Relieves indigestion·
  • Can be used as an antiseptic and antibacterial purpose.

 

I hope this will help you out in your kitchen to serve delicious dishes.

 

 

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Saloni Chachan