Warm spices—like cumin, coriander, and cinnamon—have a lovely warming effect on the whole being. They’re also terrific for healthy digestion.
Cooking with Warm Spices
Try these nine ideas to spice up your winter:
- Steep sliced ginger and cinnamon sticks in boiling water for a flavorful, effective after dinner sipper.
- Mix together a teaspoon each of cumin, coriander and sea salt to keep by the stove or on the table for an easy way to amp up the flavor with less sodium.
- Substitute ground cardamom for nutmeg in pies and cookies for a spicy, floral note.
- Cook rice or other grains with star anise, cinnamon and cardamom pods to bust them out of the everyday ordinary.
- Root vegetables love warm spices. Try roasting carrots with cumin and ginger, or beets with cumin and coriander.
- Add a pinch of cinnamon and coriander to a tomato sauce for a Venetian spin.
- Make a paste of 2 teaspoons ground cumin with 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of sea salt to rub on chicken or fish before roasting.
- Make mulled cider (or wine!) by simmering cider with star anise and cinnamon sticks.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, cumin or coriander to a vinaigrette for a unique flavor spin.