From my kitchen: Spices

Turmeric  powder is used extensively in South Asian cuisine. Indian traditional medicine, called Ayurveda, has recommended turmeric in food for its potential medicinal value, which is a topic of active research.

Red chilli powder has a propensity to set ears buzzing, tongues tingling and can upset the stomach. Also referred to as “chile” powder, this type of seasoning may contain not only ground chillies but also a mixture of other spices, such as cumin, oregano, garlic powder, paprika, and salt, mixed into the chilli powder.


Cloves are often used in Asian, African, and Middle Eastern cooking in adding flavor to meats, curries, and meat marinades. Cloves are used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine, and western herbalism and dentistry where the essential oil is used as an anodyne (painkiller) for dental emergencies.

Black pepper has been used since antiquity for both its flavour and as a medicine. It is the world’s most traded spice.

Taken at Kandla in Gujarat, India
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55