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Spices are very important for South Indian cooking.

Some think spice as a powder as in masala powder. Some think spice as when your food is really hot and say its "spicy" food.

Wikipedia defines Spice as a seed, fruit, root, bark, berry, bud or vegetable substance primarily used for flavoring, coloring or preserving food.

India accounts for over 75% of Spice cultivation of the world.
In South India, Kerala is famous for Spice cultivation.

Check out spices dictionary here.
Meaning of the spices in English and Tamil.

This following is a list of most commonly used spices in our cooking.

Note: We will be adding more spices. Come back again to see this page.

We use the spices as such or dried or powdered. More details about the spices and their use are explained in the above links.

Please also check out list of Ingredients used in this recipe site.

And check out Tamil to English dictionary for all the native words used in this website.

Glosarry used in Ingredients section of the recipe:
tbsp - Table Spoon
tsp - Tea Spoon

We are passionate about food. In this website we will talk about South Indian food, particularly Tamil food. We have organized the recipes based on veg and non-veg category or You can browse the photos to check out a recipe. Since we are global Indians, we are including few fusion recipes, experimenting different style of food. On each recipe page, you can click on ingredients/spices to learn more about them.

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