5 Warming Winter Spices

Posted on 4th November 2016

Indian spices are at the heart of Chakra, giving our food incredible tastes, aromas and colours. It might be starting to get colder, but there are some wonderful winter spices that will keep you warm. Here are five of our favourites…

1. Cloves

Cloves comes from an evergreen tree and offer year-round benefits. It has a strong smell of pepper and can leave a numbing sensation – for those reasons it is typically used very conservatively to avoid overpowering the flavours in a dish. During the winter months’ cloves are known to improve blood circulation, clear respiratory passages and maintain a healthy digestive system. 

2. Cardamom

Referred to as the “Queen of Spices” in India, cardamom can be sourced in both brown and green forms – the latter of which is typically used as a winter spice. It is fragrant, warming and can be used in a variety of drinks and dishes, including tea, rice and pumpkin soup.

3. Black Pepper

Black pepper offers a number of health benefits, including improving digestion and even helping you to lose weight naturally. Cultivated from the dried fruit of a flowering vine, it is the world’s most traded spice. Its subtle heat makes it essential flavouring for many dishes.

4. Cumin Seeds

Cumin seeds have a distinctive flavour and aroma. An excellent source of iron, they are often used in homemade face creams and hair masks for a natural, healthy glow. At winter, cumin seeds are best enjoyed in stews and soups for an earthy warmth.

5. Cinnamon

You don’t need us to tell you that cinnamon is a great winter spice. Most of us will only taste it at this time of the year. Coming from the bark of a tree, cinnamon is a key element of most Christmas foods, including gingerbread and mince pies.

Visit Chakra this season to sample our remarkable new autumn menu. Demand is high, so make a reservation online or call 020 7229 2115 to avoid disappointment. Quote the code AUT16 when you arrive at the restaurant to enjoy a complementary bottle of Prosecco with your meal – and a free dessert. 

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