- How to use
Cloves are dried flower buds from the clove tree. They are a popular spice that people use in soups, stews, meats, sauces, and rice dishes. People have used cloves in cooking and traditional medicine for many years, but it is only recently that scientists have begun studying their potential health benefits.Cloves are known for their strong taste and smell and can be purchased ground or whole for use in cooking. Many cuisines include cloves, and it is also an ingredient in certain condiments, including ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Some perfumes use cloves for the aroma and clove oil is sold for use as an essential oil. Cloves are commonly used in Ayurveda, which is traditional Indian medicine. They have also been used traditionally to cause a numbing sensation.
- Cloves, besides lending a fragrant aroma to foods like biryani, dal, curries, soups and tea, display a superb nutritional profile, comprising numerous essential vitamins, minerals, as well as dietary fibers.
- Cloves are a rich source of manganese, a key trace mineral for optimal brain functions and strengthening bones, along with calcium and phosphorous.
- Cloves, also called “Laung” or “Lavanga” in India, are used in traditional desi recipes either as the whole bud or ground into a fine powder.
- Cloves improve digestion by stimulating enzyme secretions and increases digestive motility. Cloves are best used for easing flatulence, gastric irritability, dyspepsia, and nausea.
- Helpful in ToothAche : Clove is an effective remedy for dental pain, toothaches, sore gums, and mouth ulcers due to its germicidal properties.
The powdered clove is often a part of customary Indian spice mixes, such as garam masala, Goda masala and Chettinad masala. Clove powder or dried buds are also added to teas, warm beverages and desserts, to complement the sweet taste of sugar, honey, jaggery. Clove is used in small amounts to prepare pulao, biryani, as well as dals, meat curries and soups, for their invigorating fragrance and mildly tangy taste.