Culinary Herbs

Basil

Basil
Its distinctive, sweet smelling leaves are used to brew teas or as a flavoring in pastas and curries. Thai and Italian varieties of basil are used for cooking, while holy (Tulsi) and Japanese basil is used to brew tea. All varieties of basil have medicinal properties that soothe pain, combat nausea and treat headaches

Chives

Chives
Fresh leaves are excellent for making herbal butters and vinegar. It imparts a mild onion flavour when added to salads, soups, omelets, curries, dals and vegetables. Can be used as a garnish on savory dishes. A good source of calcium, chives are believed to strengthen nails and teeth when consumed. Due to its high vitamin C content, it is used as a stimulant and digestive.

 

Lemonbalm

Lemon Balm

Young leaves are used to flavour teas, soups, milk, etc. In food preparations, it imparts a slightly astringent flavour to marinades, curries, and salads. Medicinally, lemon balm reduces blood pressure and is used in an infusion to treat colds, the flu, insomnia, indigestion and other stomach related ailments.

Lemongrass

Lemon Grass
Lemon grass is a versatile herb that imparts its distinctive citrus, yet sweet flavour to teas, milk, curries, salads, and soups. Lemon grass (along with basil) is used in several South-East Asian dishes. In India, lemon grass is popular as a flavouring in chais and plain milk. It is rich in vitamin A and is used as a tonic or as a stimulant.

Oregano

Oregano
Oregano goes well with tomato based dishes and can be added to pasta, dals, curries and salads. It also can be added to bread and roti dough to add a subtle flavour. It has tonic and digestive properties and tea brewed with oregano leaves is used to treat cough, sore throat, indigestion and gastric upset. Its leaves can be chewed for its antiseptic properties in case of a toothache.

Parsley

Parsley
Parsley is used as a garnish in dals, pasta, salads and soups. It has a subtle flavour when used to brew tea. Tea made with parsley is used to treat jaundice, cough, rheumatism, kidney stones and urinary infections.

 

Peppermint

Peppermint
The high menthol content of peppermint imparts a distinctive cooling flavour to teas, candy, jams, chutneys, and cool drinks. Dried peppermint leaves are also used to make potpourris or air fresheners. Medicinally, it is used to treat gastric and digestive disorders, nervous tension and insomnia.

Rosemary

Rosemary
Rosemary has a strong flavour and can be added to most dishes, especially marinades, grilled and baked items. Rosemary tea is used to treat digestive problems and migraines.

 

 

Sage

Sage
Sage leaves can be used to add flavour to soups, salads, baked items, sauces, curries and dals. Sage also has insect repelling properties and is used in potpourris as air fresheners. Sage tea soothes sore throats and coughs

Thyme

 

Thyme
Warm, spicy flavour, combines well with herbs like rosemary. Used in meat, egg, and cheese dishes. Has antiseptic, expectorant and antispasmodic properties and is used in the treatment of bronchitis.

 

 

Spicy Herb Blend
Chilli, Ginger, Rosemary, Oregano and Thyme have been blended together to create a seasoning that will add a spicy kick to pastas and pizzas. Vegetable and meat dishes will be tastier with the addition of this blend too.

Garlic Herb Blend
A zesty mix of Garlic, Basil, Onion powder and Oregano. Add to pastas, vegetables, garlic bread or chicken dishes to turn the ordinary into a flavourful dish.

Herb Blend
A basic Herb Blend that should be in every kitchen. This versatile mix of Oregano, Thyme, Parsley and Sage adds flavor to almost all food – vegetables, rice, soup or chicken.

Italian Seasoning
An indispensable mix of Basil, Marjoram, Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary and Chilli flakes for those who love cooking Italian food. It enhances the flavor of all pastas, soups, fish or chicken dishes and can be used for soups, salads and garlic bread as well.

Mixed Herbs
A basic blend of herbs – Marjoram, Oregano, Parsley, Sage and Thyme that no kitchen should be without. An imaginative use of this blend will turn any ordinary dish – soup, pasta, sauce, or meat dish – into a flavourful and tasty treat.


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