Top 15 Spices You Should Have In Your Kitchen Cabinet

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If you have ever been to a Chinese or Japanese restaurant, you would agree that there abounds an atmosphere in them that is not common to the restaurants found in the west. The display of cultural culinary services is not only what you may notice. You may also observe the nice aroma of the available dishes which come from a hot pan of quick fires oozing out pleasant scents of natural flavor of cooking oil, seasonings, and food ingredients. Realizing the importance of spices is why some of them should always have their places in our kitchens. We truly recommend for you this list of 15 which follows below.


1. Basil leaves.

This spice is rich in vitamins A and K. For preservation, it is good to have it dried so that it can be stored in a container whenever you need to use it. The fresh one can be stored in the refrigerator for future use.


2. Cayenne Pepper.

If you are able to handle its hotness, cayenne pepper is a spice that is rich in capsaicin. According to research, peppers rich in capsaicin improve the process of the metabolism and also burn fats. It is frequently used in Cajun and Indian recipes.


3. Bay leaf.

This is one of the spices you should have in your kitchen. It is an aromatic woodsy-tasting leaf, commonly sold dried. Whole bay leaves can be added to stews and soup to make cooking more appealing. Bay leaves contain many vitamins and anti-oxidants that slows down aging and prevents cancers. The fresh bay leaves are better for medicinal purposes as it can be brewed and drunk. Note that the ‘‘Mountain Laurel’’ or ‘‘Cherry Laurel’’ leaf look like the bay leaf, and they are poisonous to man; so you should be careful not to pick just any leaf that looks like by leaf; better still, buy the dried one.


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4. Chili powder.

This spice is made from the blend of dried chilies, coriander, cumin, and oregano. Mexicans and south westerners use it in their delicious dishes.


5. Cinnamon.

This spice is awesome for our many favorite breakfast foods like yogurt, oatmeal, coffee, smoothies, pancakes and more. It has a reddish brown color with a bittersweet taste flavor, and is just amazing for baking. Cinnamon is definitely one of the spices you should have in your kitchen.


6. Cumin.

Ground cumin is an aromatic mellow spice. It adds sweet smokiness flavor to soup and chilies. Cumin tastes delicious in Indian and Middle Eastern meals. It has been found out by a study that cumin is among the spices that increases resting metabolism.


7. Curry.

This popular Indian blend can be made of up to twenty spices including coriander, turmeric, and cumin. The Madras variety has more hotness. It is definitely common in most kitchens around the world.

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