Many a times we need certain basic herbs to enhance the flavour of the dish we make and sometimes we either run out of it or we don’t have the time to go and pick it up from the store. But did you know you can save yourself from that trouble and grow them easily at home? Growing these herbs do not take much of your time, nor does it take any space. All you need is a small area on your window sill. Now is the right time to start your mini kitchen garden and here are a few herbs which you can easily grow.
Curry Leaves : Full of health benefits
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Curry leaves are the most important ingredient for our Indian cooking.The leaves need plenty of sunlight and can be grown from seeds, but ideally the stem cutting is more easy to plant. Curry leaves have a lot of medicinal values, it helps in losing weight, beneficial for reducing stress, good for digestive problems and many other health related issues. Its aromatic flavour enhances the taste of the food.
Lemongrass : It’s fragrance is refreshing
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This plant is an important ingredient for Thai food and is needed in almost all the recipes of Thai cooking. Lemongrass has a beautiful fragrance of lemon and it can be used daily in the tea you drink too. It adds a refreshing aroma to your early morning cup of tea. This herb too has many medicinal values, it helps in improving blood circulation, helps to fight cold and flu and stomach disorders.
Spearmint : A Summer essential
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Another herb which is easy to grow, beneficial for health and an important ingredient in the kitchen is the Spearmint. It’s a calming and soothing herb, and is used to make chutneys or added to smoothies, cocktails etc. Like the lemongrass, it can be added to the tea which gives a wonderful flavour. This herb is a must have especially during the summer months and can be added to the water and other juices to help stomach ailments.
Coriander : The best herb to garnish food
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The most important herb which for garnishing most Indian food are the corriander leaves. Both the leaves and the stalk are used for cooking. Without a sprinkle of the corriander/dhaniya leaves no dish is complete. This herb needs less water and is easy to grow and is good for digestion, menstrual disorders and mouth ulcers.
Chili Pepper : Add some spice to your kitchen and cooking!
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Chillies need plenty of sunshine as well water. This spicy herb is good for immunity, colds and flu, controls bleeding and is high on vitamin C. Most of our spicy Asian cooking cannot do without ‘mirchi’, as without it the food tastes bland, adding the chillies to the food enhances the taste.
What are you waiting for? Go ahead and plant these easy to grow herbs!