THE ESSENTIAL SPICE LIST AND THE BENEFITS THEY COME WITH
Indian food not only tastes good but the spices used in the delicacy of the region keeps you healthy and can keep away many diseases. Explore the vast array of spices and ingredients that form the foundation of Indian cuisine at our Indian restaurant near Dam Square in Amsterdam:
- Cumin Seeds
- Coriander Seeds (and powder)
- Mustard Seeds
- Black Peppercorn
- Hing (asafoetida)
- Green Cardamom
- Amchoor Powder (Dried Green Mango Powder)
- Dried fenugreek leaves
- Ajwain seeds
Spices and aromatics make food taste and smell really good. They come from plants and give different flavours to dishes. Let's learn about some common ones!
- Turmeric: It's a bright yellow spice made from a plant's root. It tastes warm and a bit bitter. People in India use this particular spice a lot in their cooking, (because it has medicinal properties); especially in things like curries, rice, and lentil soups, and you will find this particular spice in many Indian restaurants near Dam dishes. This spice not only adds taste to your food, it's also good for your body because it helps reduce inflammation.
- Cumin: This spice has a warm and slightly nutty smell. It makes food taste really good, whether it's something savoury (like meat or stews) or something sweet. In India, they often heat it up in oil to make it smell nice before adding it to other ingredients. We make the tadka of our daal using this particular spice.
- Coriander: This spice comes from seeds and has a fresh and slightly peppery taste. It's used in Indian spice mixes like garam masala and it makes dishes like curries and salads taste great. People also use coriander leaves, known as cilantro, to add a bright flavour to rich dishes, like lentil soups and in pakoras.
- Ginger: This comes from a root and has a pleasant taste. It's really good in both sweet and savoury dishes. In Indian cooking, they use it a lot in things like stir-fries and soups. It's also nice in teas and drinks and it's good for your digestion and helps with inflammation.
- Garlic: It has a strong smell and a little bit of spiciness. People all over the world use it in their cooking. It's in things like stir-fries, pasta sauces, and stews. Besides tasting good, garlic can also be good for your heart and immune system.
- Chilies: These are spicy fruits that come in different levels of heat. They're used in Mexican, Indian, and Thai cooking to add a spicy kick. They have something called capsaicin which can help with pain and speed up your metabolism.
Best Indian Street Food Delights
One thing that many Indians are big fans of is street food. On weekends you don't find them on their couches, you will find them on their favourite street food stalls. So, here are some of those street foods that you can find on the streets of Amsterdam at our Indian restaurant near Dam:
- Onion bhajhee
Onion bhajhee another popular snack for those rainy days where everything around feel sad
This snack can boost up your energy levels and can prepare you to face the rest of the day. This is also another snack that you can munch on at our Indian restaurant near Dam Square in Amsterdam and chit chat with your coworkers.
This snack is prepared by dipping nicely chopped onions into a mixture of besan (chickpea flour), green chillies, red chilly and other spices and deep frying it until it turns golden brown. It is the most mouth watering snack of the country and you just can't resist the need to savour this snack when in Amsterdam.
- Vegetarian pakora
Another version of onion bhajhee is vegetable pakora. Instead of finely chopped onions, the chef used nicely chopped vegetables like Potato, cauliflower or spinach leaves to make this mouth watering snack. And the whole recipe is the same as Onion bhajhee.
- Paneer pakora
Next comes the delightful paneer pakora, this snack is loved by all! It has paneer (Indian cottage cheese) cut into cubes which are dipped in a besan mixture with lots of spices and deep fried till turned golden brown. These days when veganism has taken the world by storm, you can also find a soya paneer (tofu) version of this snack.
- Seekh kabab
Have you heard of seekh kebab? It's a yummy snack that many Indians love. They enjoy it a lot! Now, you might wonder, what is seekh kebab? Well, it's a special kind of snack made from minced meat (like chicken, or lamb) mixed with tasty spices. The meat mixture is shaped into long, thin shapes and then cooked on a grill. This gives it a nice smoky flavour to the kebab. People in India really like seekh kebab because it's not only delicious but also easy to eat. You can have it with some yummy sauces and chutney.
Guess what? Even if you're in a place like Amsterdam, you can still enjoy this tasty snack.Our Indian restaurant near Dam is so amazing that you can find seekh kebab in here too! So, if you get a chance, give seekh kebab a try. You might just discover a new favourite snack!
Samosa is a triangle shaped famous Indian snack loved by everyone. Samosa is a triangle shaped famous Indian snack munch by everyone. This is the snack that we give a lot of importance to. Whenever guests arrive at our homes we run to our closest halwai and ask him to pack this delicious snack for them. Samosa goes well with Hot Chai (Tea).
It has a stuffing of boiled potatoes and peas mixed with the spices wrapped in a triangle shaped maida sheet. And you can find it on our tables too. Served with green dhaniya chutney and red imli chutney, samosa is a perfect snack for those gossiping evenings.
Enjoy Delightful Indian Dishes at Cuisine of India
Exploring Indian cuisines is a delightful journey filled with diverse flavours and aromatic spices. Whether you're in the heart of Amsterdam or nearby, places like Cuisines of India offer a taste of authentic dishes.
For those near Dam Square in Amsterdam, our restaurant is a culinary haven. We bring the essence of Indian flavours right to your plate. So, step in and savour the rich taste of Indian cuisine, right here in Amsterdam. Let your taste buds embark on a flavorful adventure and experience the magic of Indian food at Cuisines of India near Dam Square!