If there is one common element in every Indian kitchen, it is surely a spice rack! Spices have been vital to Indian cooking for years now and continue to have their appeal with the spectrum of flavour they add to food.
However, most Indian consumers are yet to discover the health benefits of spices that are brought to the table. To educate people about the benefits of natural oils in spices, Tata Sampann brought together Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, new-age celebrity mother Mira Rajput Kapoor, nutritionist Kavita Devgan, and Dr. Manoj Nesari, Advisor (Ayurveda), Ministry of AYUSH for an online chit-chat session on how spices can help you to #SpiceUpYourHealth.
To provide high-quality spices to its consumers, and to reaffirm the promise of delivering natural goodness, Tata Sampann refrains from meddling with the natural oils present in spices, so that they can make their way to every meal and enrich it with beneficial health properties.
“Tata Sampann does not interfere with the state of natural oils of spices, which is why they’re known to be loaded with wholesome goodness! That is why the brand, and I, believe in Sarvagunn Sampann Masale that gives Sarvagunn Sampann goodness. Personally, I enjoy cooking with wholesome spices that go beyond taste and make food more wholesome with health!” said brand ambassador Sanjeev Kapoor, the creator of Tata Sampann’s masala recipes.
To educate consumers on how spices are known to build immunity and its other varied ayurvedic and medicinal benefits, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, Mira Rajput Kapoor, Kavita Devgan, and Dr. Manoj Nesari, hosted an interesting masterclass with bloggers, media, and consumers where they shared a wealth of information and expert insights. The interactive session left the audience surprised on the multifaceted health benefits that their humble spice box contains.
“There’s no better time than now to pay attention to your spice rack and revisit some age-old recipes that are said to build immunity,” said nutritionist and author, Kavita Devgan. “For instance, curcumin found in turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that are known to prevent the flu; and chilli is known to be a rich source of Vitamin C – which essentially supports the immune system,” she added.
Mira Rajput Kapoor said, “I have always been health-conscious, but with the current pandemic, immunity and health have become more important than ever! My go-to spice for immunity- building is haldi. It is such a versatile ingredient and has been known for its immunity-building properties for centuries – it blends so well in any kadha. I ensure Shahid, and our kids have immunity-boosting haldi-kadha daily – I believe it helps spice up our health from within”
Dr. Manoj Nesari, Advisor (Ayurveda), Ministry of AYUSH, also added perspective on the ayurvedic importance of spices. “AYUSH has spent years researching the benefits of Ayurveda- including spices – for health and immunity, and we are continuing to do so today, especially with an ongoing global pandemic,” he said. “Right from anti-inflammatory properties to enhancing metabolism, spices are known to give us so much more in terms of our health – they don’t only act as taste enhancers. We believe this is useful especially now, not just because of the pandemic, but because of something as simple as the monsoons.” the doctor added.