Star Anise is a star shaped fruit, cultivated from a medium sized evergreen tree known as Illicium Verum. The Star Anise has closely resembled anise in flavor is obtained from the fruit of this plant and harvested just before ripening.
Black cumin or Nigella Sativa (Klaungi in Hindi) is one of the most powerful medicinal plant that have shown such great effectiveness on human body. Most of the research suggested that black cumin seed oil helps calm the nervous system, stimulates urine production, improve digestion and helps prevent and lowers the blood pressure as well as 70% of patients with allergic conditions including dust allergies benefit from black cumin see oil regular consumption.
Tamarind, Tamarindusindica, is from the Caesalpiniaceae family. The Caesalpiniaceae is technically a subfamily, placed in the large family Fabaceae or Leguminosae, known as the pea or bean family. The Tamarind tree produces edible pod-like fruits, and these large pods of the fruit contain small seeds and a sour-pulp that, when dried, becomes extremely sour.
Ginger is a tuber that is consumed whole as a delicacy, medicine, or spice. Fresh Ginger is extremely important in oriental and Indian food. It is used to flavour the cooking oil before you toss everything else for stir-frying. It is considered as a restorative, stimulant and a strong flavouring agent. Ginger is reputed to cure ulcers when chewed in small doses. It amply enhances your appetite when blended with other spices.
The characteristic odor and flavor of ginger is caused by a mixture of zingerone, shogaols and gingerols, volatile oils that compose one to three percent of the weight of fresh ginger.Young ginger rhizomes are juicy and fleshy with a very mild taste. Mature ginger roots are fibrous and nearly dry.
Mustard seeds of the various mustard plants are among the smallest of seeds. The seeds are about 3mm in diameter, and may be colored from yellowish white to black. They are important spices in many regional cuisines. The seeds can come from three different plants: black mustard (Brassica nigra), brown Indian mustard (B. juncea), and white mustard (B. hirta/Sinapisalba).
Mustard seeds also qualifies as a very good source of omega-3 fatty acids as well as a good source of iron, calcium, zinc, manganese, magnesium, protein, niacin and dietary fiber.