Indian Traditional Whole Seed Spices
Black Pepper (Pimienta negra)
Black pepper is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, known as a peppercorn, which is usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning. When fresh and fully mature, it is about 5 mm in diameter and dark red, and contains a single seed, like all drupes.
Clove in Grain (Clavo en grano)
Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae, Syzygium aromaticum. They are native to the Maluku Islands in Indonesia, and are commonly used as a spice. Cloves are available throughout the year due to different harvest seasons in different countries.
Fennel is used by mouth for various digestive problems including heartburn, intestinal gas, bloating, loss of appetite, and colic in infants among others. It is also used on the skin for excessive body hair growth in women, and to prevent sunburn.
Nutmeg Grain (Nuez Moscada)
Nutmeg has a long culinary history and can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. In the United States, one of the most common uses is in desserts, especially apple or pumpkin pie. Nutmeg is also used in a variety of beverages, such as eggnog, chai, mulled wine, or as a garnish over foamy coffee drinks.
Sesame ( Sésamo)
Sesame is crop that is grown for the oil in its seed. Compared to similar crops, such as peanuts, soybean, and rapeseed, the seeds of sesame are believed to have the most oil. Sesame seeds are also rich sources of protein, vitamins, and antioxidants.
Saffron is used for asthma, cough, sore throat, whooping cough, and to loosen phlegm. It is also used for sleep problems , cancer, “hardening of the arteries” , vomiting, intestinal gas, depression, anxiety, improved memory, Alzheimer’s disease, spitting up blood, pain associated with giving birth, heartburn, exercise performance and recovery, a skin disease called psoriasis, and dry skin.
Mustard Grain (Grano de mostaza)
Mustard Grain is used as a spice in Northern India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, Pakistan. The seeds are usually roasted until they pop. They are also planted to grow saag (greens) which are stir-fried and eaten as a vegetable preparation, called Sarson ka saag in Urdu and Hindi.
Turmeric Whole ( Cúrcuma Entera)
Indian curries are an obvious fit, you can use turmeric in a wide variety of dishes. Try it in a butternut squash or vegetable soup or stir fry. Add it to rice or other whole grains before cooking. … Stir some grated turmeric root into your tuna, egg, or tofu salad.