Spices do not only add flavours and colours to our cooking, they also boast a host of health benefits that we may not be aware of. From turmeric to cumin, we find out what each spice is good for and recommend a recipe with it.
Turmeric, often found in curries, is a versatile spice that can also be used in many other recipes. It is a spice that fights inflammation, and its anti-inflammatory benefit is great for those suffering from leaky gut, indigestion, heartburn, diarrhea, and even loss of appetite.
We recommend Indian Lamb Chops, crispy lamb chops cooked Amritsari-style with Indian spices on a barbeque.
Closely related to turmeric, ginger is a remedy for an upset stomach thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Besides that, this spice soothes stomach ulcers and treat menstrual cramps. If you are having problems with your stomach, make yourself a cup of Orange Peel and Ginger Tea or cook a dish that consists of a good amount of ginger, for instance soups or porridge.
More often than not, when we think of cardamom we think Chai Tea. Not only is cardamom great for our digestive system, it also acts as a breath freshener after a meal. If you are having problems such as sore throat, chest congestion, and gum infection, then make sure that you include black cardamom in your next meal.
Try Cardamom and Beetroot Smoothie Sundae, a healthy vegan smoothie full of vitamins with a gentle kick of eastern spices.
Aromatic and refreshing, cinnamon can be used in many dishes from curries to desserts. It is loaded with antioxidants and may be beneficial to people with type-2 diabetes by helping to lower blood sugar level.
We recommend using cinnamon in a Singapore favourite, Mee Soto Ayam. All you need is 15 minutes to prepare the ingredients, boil the water, and you can leave the rest of the work to the Shuttle Chef®. Find the recipe here.
Commonly known for treating tooth problems due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, cloves are also rich in antioxidants that help fight free radicals, which are harmful to our body. Studies have also shown that it improves liver health and prevent liver disease.
We recommend enjoying this spice in a glass of Yogurt-Lime Drink, highly versatile beverage because you can make it with just yogurt, add fruit juice, or chunks of your favourite fruits for the additional vitamins and flavour. Serve your drink in a Thermos® Tumbler Cup to ensure your favourite beverage stays hot or cold longer for maximum enjoyment.
The earthy and nutty spice is a rich source of iron, and may help with diabetes, as well as improving blood cholesterol. This spice has antimicrobial properties, which reduce the growth of food-borne bacteria – great for food safety!
Try Spicy Potato Salad, a warm salad prepared with stir-fried garlic, ground cumin, ground coriander.
Nutmeg is secret ingredient in many dishes. It is a great spice for treating joint and muscle pain, treating insomnia, help with digestion, improve brain health, and treat bad breath. In addition, nutmeg also helps to maintain blood pressure and circulation.
We recommend these Sticky Lemon Rolls with Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze - sweet and tangy treat with a kick of ginger, nutmeg and lemons.