Black Pepper

Black Pepper

The word “pepper” has roots in the Sanskrit word pippali for long pepper. Black pepper is produced from the still-green, unripe drupes of the pepper plant after drying. The chemical piperine, which is present in black pepper, causes the spiciness. Because of its antibacterial properties, pepper is used to preserve food. It is also a very good anti-inflammatory agent. A pinch of black pepper added to any recipe works more than just a flavor enhancer. This king of spices is known to offer a number of health benefits while providing an excellent depth of flavor to a dish.

Benefits of Black pepper

  • To prevent cancer
  • Stimulates digestion
  • Relieves cold and cough
  • Enables weight loss
  • Improves skin
  • Addresses depression
  • Provides Respiratory Relief
  • Antibacterial Quality
  • Improves Cognitive Function

Health benefits of using Garlic in food

The Nutrient-Rich Way of Cooking Garlic

Raw garlic is best in many of recipes. If you are preparing a cooked dish and you cannot tolerate raw garlic, add chopped garlic towards the end of the cooking time to retain maximum flavor and nutrition. Too much heat for too long will risk damage to nutrients in garlic and will also make garlic bitter. Therefore expose garlic to heat for as little time as possible. Heat at 250°F/121°C will help lower the risk of damage to certain nutrient in the garlic.


Garlic is the oldest known medicinal plant variety or spice in existence. It belongs to the genus Allium and is native to Central Asia. World War I medical surgeons used the health benefits of garlic juice as an antiseptic for treating war wounds. It contains useful minerals such as phosphorous, calcium and iron, as well as trace minerals like iodine, sulfur, and chlorine, which are also present in the cloves.

Health benefits of using Garlic in food:

  • If garlic is taken daily in your diet, then it eliminates digestive problems.
  • It lower cholesterol levels i.e. it effectively prevents LDL cholesterol from oxidizing.
  • It controls diabetes.
  • It is herbal ingredient for curing high blood pressure which helps to reduce hypertension.
  • It treat colds and coughs.
  • It help treat eye infections and swelling.
  • It helps control Asthma.
  • A regular intake of garlic reduces the risk of colon, stomach, and cancer.

Benefits of Green Chillies

Green Chillies

Chilies are excellent source of Vitamin, A, B, C and E. Green chillies are considered as one of the best spices used in Kitchen. It is a popular condiment on Indian cuisine. But this little wonder is packed with a lots of benefits. Raw, fried, roasted in your tadkas or added to curries, this little spice is not only delicious but also rich in so many vitamins.

Benefits of Green chillies:

  1. It is zero calorie but with lots of vitamin.
  2. It destroy free radical bodies and prevents from damage of cells i.e. simply protects against cancer.
  3. It prevent from formation of blood clots i.e. it decreases heart attacks or strokes.
  4. It lower body temperature.
  5. It helps in combating from common cold.
  6. It produces heat which, act as an effective pain reliever.
  7. It is good for eyes, skin and immune system because it contain Vitamin C.
  8. It release endorphins that boosts the mood, and reduces pain.
  9. It balance blood sugar levels.
  10. It helps to treat skin infections.

Benefits of Cloves


Clove or Laung is an aromatic herb which has various health benefits as it helps relieve nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, muscle cramps, toothache and several other ailments. Cloves are characterized by an intensive fragrance, warm flavor and pungent taste. For medical purposes, its dried flower buds and oil are used. It also promotes digestive health.

Moreover, this ancient culinary spice is used in cuisines all over the world. Apart from food, it is used for flavoring some wines and alcoholic beverages as well. Cloves are easily available and, as we have seen, come with great benefits. They not only spice up your food, but even enhance your health by offering a variety of nutrients.

Benefits of Clove:

  1. Toothache:

Cloves provide relief from toothache and that’s why it is listed as an important Ingredient in 99% of toothpastes.

  1. Nausea and Vomiting:

Cloves and clove oil when taken together can provide relief from nausea.

  1. Cough and Breath:

Cough and bad breath can be cured by consuming cloves. These are very common problems that can be very well treated by the consumption of cloves on a daily basis. You can do this by including them in your dishes.

  1. Seasoning Abilities:

Its seasoning capabilities make it very easy to blend in many dishes, beverages and desserts. It helps to provide strong flavour and aroma to the food.

  1. Morning Sickness:

It is a good remedy for treating morning sickness. Take around ten grains of cloves, mix them with tamarind and palm sugar and make it into a nice mixture using water. Drink this solution twice a day as an effective treatment.

  1. Flatulence:

Clove is mixed with water and used in the preparation of tea to overcome flatulence.

  1. Cold:

Common cold can be treated effectively by drinking a lukewarm mixture made with ten drops of clove oil and honey.

  1. Stress:

It relieves stress in the body. Mix cloves with basil, mint and cardamom in water to make a flavoured tea. Take this along with honey to provide you relief from stress.

How to make a perfect Aloo ki Tikki

Aloo Ki Tikki

The Aloo Tikkis also known as cutlets or patties are made from boiled mashed potatoes, combined with green peas and spiced up with green chillies and flavored with coriander. The aloo tikki’s are typically pan fried with oil or even deep fried in some places.  It’s a crispy layer on the out covering and the soft inner crust.  It is sometimes referred to as a “potato burger” for vegetarians. Let me share how to make a perfect Aloo Tikkis.


  • ¼ cup green peas, boiled and crushed
  • 4 medium potatoes (aloo), boiled, peeled and mashed
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 1-2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • Oil for greasing and shallow-frying
  • Tomato ketchup for serving
  • Green chutney for serving
  • Lemon wedges for serving
  • Chopped fresh coriander leaves for garnishing


Preparation for stuffing

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add cumin seed, ginger and sauté for 1 minute. Add green chillies and sauté for 30 seconds then add onion, green peas, and salt to taste for 1 to 2 minutes.

Lastly, add coriander leaves and mix well.

Preparation for potatoes

Boil the potatoes you will need 4 potatoes, do not overcook the potatoes they should be still firm, otherwise potatoes will be mushy, and tikki will not be crispy as desired. Peel and shred the potatoes.

Add salt, corn starch, and cilantro to shredded potatoes and mix it well with light hand. Divide the potatoes in eight equal parts and roll them, into patties. Cover the patties and refrigerate for at least 4-5 hours. This is an important step to make crispy patties.

Heat some oil in another non-stick pan. Place tikkis and shallow-fry from both sides till golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with tomato ketchup, green chutney and lemon wedges.





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