CategoriesMasala (Spices)


Adding the right herbs can make literally all the difference in the meal! Also, herbs are considered a much healthier alternative for flavouring your food other than adding lots of salt and all types of fat.

 Here are 8 herbs that every cook should definitely know about!!


(Alternate Name: Coriander Leaf//Dhania)

If you are from an Indian household, you will always find this herb in your house no matter what. You either love cilantro or you hate it, there is nowhere in between! Cilantro is added as a garnish in Indian foods and is often added in salads as well.

Cilantro helps in lowering blood sugar. It may also help in reducing unpleasant symptoms like bloating and discomfort.

Coriander exhibits antimicrobial effects that may help fight foodborne illnesses and pathogens like Salmonella.  It is the most versatile ingredient ever! Corriander leaves and seeds come handy in everyday cooking.


(Alternate Name: Phudina)

It is usually of two types- Peppermint and Spearmint. Peppermint has a strong, cooling aftertaste due to the high concentration of menthol; spearmint is lighter and sweeter to the palate.

Mint is popularly added to savoury as well as sweet foods. It is a common ingredient in Thai food. Mint is also popularly used in mocktails.

Mint leaves is known to clear congestion of nose, throat and lungs. It helps in curing a common cold, this is the reason why most of the nose inhalers are minty.  Mint leaves play a major role in freshening your breath.


Often confused with cilantro, parsley is popularly used for garnishing foods ALL OVER THE WORLD!

Pasta and egg recipes often benefit from a sprinkling of chopped parsley; the herb’s clean, light flavour cuts down on heavy creaminess and also acts as a palate-cleanser.

Parsley is often used as a garnish, but it can also enhance flavour and benefit health. Parsley is rich in nutrients which help in protecting your eyes. It is also easy to add to your diet. Parsley supports bone health and contains cancer-fighting substances which improve health.


(Alternate Name: Thai Basil, Sweet Basil)

One of the most popular ingredients in Italian cuisine, it is peppery with a mild star anise flavour.  Aromatic and sweet, basil is great in a tomato sauce or pesto.

Basil promotes heart health. It also helps in reducing stress and curing depression. It is one of the few herbs which helps in treating asthma and respiratory disorders


Known for its spiky leaves, rosemary herb is a go-to ingredient in many cuisines.

The herb pairs well with pork chops, poultry, and even fish, (especially when grilled). Vegetarians can enjoy the herb in potatoes and soups.

Rosemary is great for eye health and also boosts mental performance. It also prevents hearing loss and is great for blood circulation. It also has helps in relieving menstrual disorders like cramps.


Peppery, sweet oregano is essential for Mediterranean and Mexican foods and is a good addition to almost any kind of pasta or meat.

Fresh oregano is usually difficult to find because dried oregano is much more favoured than fresh oregano due to its strong aroma and flavour.

Oregano is often referred to as “natural anti-biotic”  as oregano oil is used internally as an antiseptic. It helps in fighting infections and helps in sinus congestion. Oregano leaves also help in strengthening the immune system and is a natural pain killer.


Known for its onion-y taste, these help to cut down the heaviness of rich foods like blue cheese.

This herb is usually added to risotto, potato and cream sauces for its flavour and also makes an attractive garnish.

Chives play an amazing role in detoxifying the body. It also helps to boost the immune system and promotes easing digestive discomfort.  Many pregnant women consume chives during pregnancy because it helps to maintain good health.


This herb which has an amazing flavour is a popular ingredient in Middle Eastern cuisine.

Thyme is added to literally any kind of meat, vegetable for a strong mint type flavour. This herb also makes a great addition to flatbreads.

Thyme is said to provide relief from stress and helps in improving heart health. It is also beneficial for improving vision and blood circulation.

Herbs play an essential role in the flavour of the food. knowing your herbs right can do wonders for your meal!
I hope you enjoyed reading about herbs.

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