Salt, oil and spices are all important ingredients used while preparing Indian food. They are an essential part of our lives. A kitchen shelf which boasts of bottles containing turmeric, asefoetida, cumin seeds and the like is a common sight in an Indian household. The fact remains that in every house, spices of different kinds are used to make distinctive and different tastes in the Indian cuisine and a variety of spices are also used to enhance different flavors in our dishes.
The different variety of spices available in the market today are: Asafoetida or ‘hing’, Bay leaf or ‘tej patta’, Red Chili powder or ‘lal mirch’, Cardamom or ‘elaichi’, Coriander or ‘dhaniya’, Clove or ‘laung’, Curry leaves or ‘curry patta’, Cumin or ‘jeera’, Fenugreek or ‘methi’, Ginger or ‘adrak’, Garlic or ‘lassan’, Mustard seeds or ‘rye’, Nutmeg or ‘jaiphal, Black pepper or ‘kali mirch’, Saffron or ‘kesar’, Turmeric or ‘haldi’.
Diverse needs of Consumers
Most of these spices are grown in different parts of our country. Today the demand for Indian spices has increased many folds in other countries also.
- Food– Indian spices help to enhance the flavour of our Indian recipes. These also add colour to a dish and make it more appetising.
- Beauty products –Spices from India are widely used in beauty products and in spiritual ceremonies. When applied on skin as a paste it improves the complexion.
- Medicinal value – Indian spices provide various health benefits. Some are used to heal wounds as well as treat rheumatic disorders, gastrointestinal symptoms, de-worming, rhinitis and it is also used as a cosmetic.Some also help boost our digestive system and have a positive effect on our health. These are widely used as detoxifying agents and for treating various health problems. They help prevent tumour formation, decrease gene mutations and exhibit anti-oxidative potential in animals.
History reveals that India has been exporting spices to various countries for centuries. Hence India is recognized all over the world for its spices. In the year 2012/13, India produced a total of approx. 5.9 million tones of spices out of which around 10 percent was exported to various countries. The Indian spice industry is growing rapidly.
Spice companies not only cater to the food industry but also sell their products to the cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies. Indian spice companies’ account for almost 45 to 50 percent of the spices exported around the world. Since the demand for spices has increased world over, India has become the centre for selling spices to other countries.
Companies from around the globe have been showing interest in Indian spices and are looking to join hands with local manufacturers. Indian spice manufacturers are setting up new production units all over the country to meet the rising demands from a growing majority of health conscious people who prefer using natural flavours of spices than cheaper synthetic flavours.
Spices are the basic building blocks of the Indian cuisine. With an industry that is estimated to grow to an approximate net worth of over 17 billion dollars by the 2018, the Indian spice companies have a lot to look forward to in the coming years.
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