Spices are important and without them, food tastes bland and basic. Therefore, it is necessary for every cook/chef, regardless of culinary expertise, to have a kitchen stocked with an array of spices. This goes beyond the usual curry-thyme-maggi-salt combo that many Nigerians use. The world of spices and cooking goes way beyond those spices.

A Basic Checklist of Spices

Open up your mind and drastically improve the taste of your meals with different delicious-tasting spices. These spices can be picked up in shops, supermarkets, and markets around you. They include:

Oregano Leaves: Oregano is a perfect replacement for thyme in your meals. It has anti-fungal, antioxidant, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. It gives your meals an Italian flair, and can be added to salad dressings and dips.

Ground Cumin: Cumin is an earthy spice that adds a lot of life and taste to your meals. Cumin can be sprinkled on sliced fruits to make a healthy snack. Cumin fights against aging, insomnia, indigestion, and dandruff. It aids in hair growth, glowing skin, and weight loss.

Garlic Powder: Garlic is sweet and rich in flavor, while also uniting the other flavors in a meal. It works just like salt, without the burden of the sodium.

Ground Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a great addition to baked goods, and would taste great when added to stews and soups. Also, It adds a warm and aromatic bittersweet flavor to your meals. Cinnamon lowers cholesterol, reduces blood sugar levels, fights cancer, boosts brain activity, and it’s effective for indigestion, nausea, and vomiting. 

Ground Turmeric: Apart from being tasty and delicious, turmeric has a lot of health benefits. It is packed full of curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties. It is best used in cooking grains and vegetables and it gives meals a distinctive flavor.

What are you waiting for? Start filling your spice racks with these spices, and your meals will be better for it.