Kitchen Curry Master – Everything you need to cook fresh, authentic Indian food at home. Tucked into a handsome tin are 12 of the most commonly used Indian spices as well as a step-by-step guide, which includes 25 recipes, making the whole process hardly more complicated and a lot more fun than calling for takeout. Including 12 of the most commonly used Indian spices, an easy to follow recipe book (filled with breath-taking photos), and a traditional Indian spice box (also called Masala Dabba — thank you Mrs. Murthy!). This beautiful spice box will preserve your spices, keeping them fresh and organized.

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The Kitchen Curry Master “Master Set” (regularly $80) is currently on sale for $60 for a few more days. This is a great gift for anyone who enjoys cooking.

The 12 essential spices include: turmeric powder, ground cumin and coriander, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, star anise, green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, mustard seeds, garam masala, and chili powder. These aromatic spices add flavor and bite to curry dishes at Indian restaurants, and many of these spices also offer you medicinal health benefits. If you’re concerned about the added fat and calories that often leave you feeling stuff after eating restaurant fare, the Kitchen Curry Master is the perfect way to receive the healing benefits of spices at home without the rich, heavy creams and butter.

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TURMERIC

Health Benefits: Reduces Inflammation

May also help prevent and treat:
Acne, allergies, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, asthma, cancer, cholesterol problems, colitis (inflammatory bowel disease), cystic fibrosis, depression, dermatitis, type 2 diabetes, eczema, eye infection, flatulence, gallbladder disease, gout, gum disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, itching, liver disease, macular degeneration, obesity, pain, Parkinson’s disease, pollution side effects, psoriasis, rash, scleroderma, stroke, wounds.

This bright orange spice is not only great for adding color to your dish, but the health benefits are immense. Turmeric owes its preventive and curative characteristics to its active ingredient curcumin, a compound so diverse and powerfully rich in antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. Aromatic turmerone is the lesser-studied of two major bio-active compounds in turmeric. Turmeric’s powerful properties help prevent oxidation and improve the health of virtually every organ in the body.

Turmeric is the only readily available edible source of curcumin, so try to consume it as much as possible.

CARDAMOM

Health Benefits: Eases Digestive Discomfort

This spice is commonly used in Indian cuisine, but it has also made its way into Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for mouth ulcers, digestive problems, and even depression. Cardamom grows wild in India, Ceylon and Malaysia, and has been used by healers in those regions much like ginger, as a digestive aid. A 2008 study published in the “Journal of Ethnopharmacology” confirmed cardamom’s use for gastrointestinal ailments such as diarrhea, colic and constipation, and also its benefits for lowering blood pressure in laboratory animals. Cardamom adds flavor to everything from sweet potatoes and squash to pastries. Combined with cinnamon, cloves and ginger, cardamom makes a delicious and good-for-you chai tea.

CORIANDER

Health Benefits: Eases Digestive Discomfort

May also help prevent and treat:
Bloating, cholesterol problems, colic, colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, diarrhea, eczema, flatulence, high blood pressure, IBS, indigestion, insomnia, lead poisoning, liver disease, psoriasis, rosacea, stomachache, ulcer, vaginal yeast infection.

India is one of the world’s main producers of coriander, a spice that has been in use for at least 7,000 years, according to “The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods.” The fresh leaves of this spice are called cilantro; the dried seeds are sold ground or whole in supermarkets. Like other Indian spices, coriander gains its fame for its anti-inflammatory properties and aid to digestion. But one study, published in the “Journal of Environmental Biology” in 2008, found that coriander seeds also lowered LDL, or “bad” cholesterol in rats, while also raising HDL, or “good” cholesterol levels. A 2011 study published in the “Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences” concluded the antioxidants in coriander seeds help relieve oxidative stress in diabetes patients – leading researchers to recommend coriander as part of the dietary therapy for this condition.