Paprika and fennel seeds in spices

Additional Spices for You

On this page, we learn about a few more spices apart from the 12 spices that we discussed earlier.

Use of Paprika as one of the spices

Paprika, also known as chili powder in India, is produced from ground red peppers [dry red chilis] and has been used as a popular spice in many foods for years.

Not only does it add a delicious smoky flavor to any dish, but it also helps improve the digestion of proteins! No curry is complete without the use of paprika; even a little amount can add a tangy, hot spicy flavor to your dish.

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Paprika in spices

It’s a great addition to any diet and can help improve your overall health. But just how does paprika help with digestion?

It helps break down proteins into smaller pieces that are easier to digest, allowing your body to use them more efficiently.

So don’t hesitate to add a pinch of paprika to your next meal, experiment with it in different recipes and learn more about the amazing benefits it can provide!

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Use of Fennel as one of the additional spices

Fennel seeds, also known as saunf in India, are a popular spice used in cooking and herbal medicine around the world. They come from the fennel plant, which is native to the Mediterranean but is now grown in many parts of the world.

Fennel seeds are small, oval-shaped seeds that have a greenish-brown color and a sweet, licorice-like flavor. This flavor comes from the high concentration of anethole, an organic compound that is found in fennel seeds.

Fennel seeds in spices

Fennel seeds are commonly used in cooking to add flavor to dishes such as soups, stews, and curries. They are also used in baking, particularly in sweet breads and pastries.

Fennel seeds can be added to teas and other beverages, and they are often chewed after meals to aid digestion and freshen breath.

One of the most notable health benefits of fennel seeds is their ability to aid digestion. They have been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat digestive issues such as bloating, gas, and constipation.

Fennel seeds are also a good source of antioxidants, which can help prevent cell damage and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

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In India, fennel seeds are a common ingredient in many regional cuisines, particularly in the north and west. They are often added to dishes such as biryanis, curries, and chutneys, as well as to desserts such as kheer and halwa.

Fennel seeds are also used in many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes, including salads, dips, and roasted meats.

When it comes to taste and flavor, fennel seeds have a unique and distinctive taste that is both sweet and savory.

They have a licorice-like flavor that is not overpowering, and they add a subtle sweetness to dishes without being cloying. Fennel seeds also have a slightly nutty flavor that pairs well with other spices and herbs.

If you’re looking to incorporate fennel seeds into your cooking, there are many recipes that make use of this versatile spice.

Some popular dishes include fennel seed bread, roasted fennel and tomato soup, and fennel seed and orange salad. Fennel seeds can also be used to flavor marinades and rubs for meats, or to add a unique flavor to roasted vegetables.

Overall, fennel seeds are a delicious and healthy spice that can make any curry give out mouthwatering aroma and also make your dishes unbelievably delicious.


Having discussed 2 more spices, it is time you start using in your favorite dishes. Do use them and share your experience- good or bad- with me. I am all ears!