Anupy Singla’s Essential Spices for More Herbs Less Salt Day

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Happy National More Herbs, Less Salt day!

Being mindful of salt consumption is extremely important to health — too much salt (which is far more common in the average person’s diet than is too little salt…) leads to spikes in blood pressure and increased risk of stroke and heart attack. Excessive salt intake can also lead to heart disease and abnormal heart development, osteoporosis, kidney disorders, dehydration, and hormonal imbalance.

With that being said, it’s no surprise that substituting salt with other less impactful (but equally flavorful!) spices can do a great deal for your health.

Anupy Singla loves combining a slew of zesty Indian spices full of fragrance and flavors into every homemade dish. She has even put together her own spice tiffin ideal for conveniently storing and accessing spices while keeping them fresh. She’s also suggested her top six starter spices for Indian cooking:


Cumin Seeds

A nutty, peppery flavor from the seeds of the Cumin plant — related to parsley and carrots. 


Ground Coriander

Known as Dhania in India, and made with the seeds of Cilantro, but with a completely unique flavor.


Turmeric Powder  

A vibrant yellow root from the ginger family — coveted for its subtle flavor and extensive health benefits.


Red Chile Pepper

Adds robust flavor, color,  and a spicy kick to any dish.


Garam Masala

A traditional blend of North Indian and South Asian spices including black & white peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, cumin seeds, and cardamom pods.


Carom Seeds (Ajwain)

Adds distinct flavor and fragrance similar to thyme.


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