Masala is Medicine

I wrote a lot of long-winded, heavy blogs recently. So, this week I’m carrying on the previous week’s trend of short & sweet. Instead of recipes, this week it’s just little bits of wisdom.

Masala is Medicine

What is masala? Masala is an Indian word for a mixture of spices used in cooking. Not just found in India, masalas are used throughout South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Some places have their own words for what is essentially the exact same thing, but many places just use that same word “masala”. Oh yeah, and I just remembered that curry is the most popular food in England, so they’re using masalas there as well.

Why is it medicine? Each masala (spice mixture) is made up of several, sometimes dozens, of different spices that have been toasted whole, then ground into powder and mixed together. Cinnamon, mace, cumin, peppercorns, coriander, and cardamon are commonly used. Each of these spices has medicinal properties. Put them all together and cook them in your food, it’s kinda like taking your daily multivitamin of herbal preventative medicine.

So, I say use masalas. Cook with masala, drink masala in your chai. Have fun, enjoy the flavor. Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.

Published by nicnakis

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