What we have here is a general spread, used by all in every state. These spices below should be readily available in most grocery stores, or Whole Food stores, except for the.
However this initial funky pungent smell mellows and almost disappears, replaced by a smooth pleasant flavor when it is added to hot oil or ghee.
Each spice by itself imparts a very unique flavor, but when used together with other spices, the combination and permutation of different ones magically change the individual characteristics.
Cumin or Jeera is a very commonly used spice all over India.
Known for its warm earthy aroma, it is used in the raw form, or cooked in hot oil or ghee to release its aroma.
By extensive use of spices I do not mean that spices are used to make the food fiery hot.
The spices are used to flavor the food, making each dish distinct and wonderfully aromatic.
The flavor is not the spicy fiery kind, but more like Leek or Onion. In its raw form, the strong aroma will contaminate other spices, so it is better stored in an air tight container.
The resin form is hard and deep amber in color It has to be powdered before it is used for cooking or medicinal purposes.There are two popular varieties of cinnamon; from Chin and from Ceylon.They both have similar flavors but the cinnamon from Ceylon has a sweeter aroma and is found more as sticks than a rolled up quill.Light brown or golden in color, the seeds are kind of hollow and crunchy and has a nice earthy, nutty flavor.The seeds are used whole for tempering, but more often they are ground into a powder to flavor food.Do yourselves a favor and stop yourself from buying store bought coriander powder.