Do you also love that amazing aroma that comes with the tadka we add to our food? The crackling sound of spices and the flavour it adds to food is the Indian tadkas uniqueness. This tempering dates back to the dals that were prepared thousands of years ago for the kings. Legends also say that if some particular king was not served with toor dal in his dish it was suicidal for the cooks. That is how ancient tadka and dal are. But apart from the flavour and fragrance, here’s everything you need to know about the famous tadka.
The Backstory of Tadka
From North to South and East to West, Dal is one such thing that tops the cuisine. There are multiple variants and ways to prepare it and they keep evolving with time, but the love for dal is constant. In 303 BC, Ghugni was served to the guests attending the great Chandragupta Maurya’s wedding. That’s how ancient dal tadka is. Later on Panchmel Dal with tadka, Jodhabai’s favourite was introduced to the Mughal empire. And since then tempered dal is at the centre of every meal.
Why Adding Tadka is Important?
Ghee or oil is used in our tempering. They help in absorbing the essential nutrients from vegetables or dals or lentils and help them process easily. Everything that we add to tadka; right from mustard seeds to curry leaves has immense nutritional or medicinal properties. Tempering absorbs all these benefits from these ingredients and helps in improving our immunity and metabolism.
The Tadka Ingredients
Every Indian culture or tradition is backed by science and logic. So is the Indian traditional food. Our rich flora is home to various medicinal and nutritional plants and herbs. The tadka that we add to our regular food not only enhances the taste and flavour but also is extremely healthy for us. Here’s the reason why every ingredient of our tempering or tadka is important.
1. Mustard Seeds
- It is a well-known fact that mustard seeds are a powerhouse of omega fatty acids, calcium, minerals and magnesium. Adding to that, they also possess anti-inflammatory properties and control blood pressure. All of this makes it the perfect ingredient to add to your tempering.
2. Cumin Seeds
Commonly known as Jeera, these seeds are well-known for digestion, regulating sugar levels and burning excess fat. They are also a powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamins and essential minerals.
3. Fenugreek Seeds
- Methi dana is well-known for adding a unique flavour and fragrance to our regular food. They are also used for ages in ancient Chinese traditional medicines and are a rich source of vitamins C, K, A, B6, fibres, folic acid, calcium, and manganese.
- The unmatchable flavour of hing makes it the most important ingredient of the tadka. Not only that, but it also has diuretic,anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. They also help in treating respiratory problems and regulating blood sugar levels.
5. Curry Leaves
From fibre, calcium, phosphorous, and iron, and fibre to vitamins A, B, C and E, curry leaves have everything one needs. They have an unmatchable aroma and a wide array of nutrients making them an amazing tempering ingredient. They also improve your
heart health and are great for your skin.
6. Whole Red Chillies
- Any Indian tadka is incomplete without whole spices like Red chilli. They add a unique spicy and fiery flavour and aroma and make the dish tastier too.
Spices at Girveda
Mustard and cumin seeds are the well-known tadka duo that is at the core of every tadka. We grow such spices using cow-based farming methods so their nutrition and flavour get retained. This completely chemical-free method is used to grow spices that we use daily in our kitchens. These spices are then processed using age-old traditional methods and are lab-tested too. You can also experience the unmatchable flavour, aroma and taste of Girveda’s healthy spices which you can order Gir Se Ghar Tak very easily.