Ginger is considered to be one of the most important and indispensable spices of Indian culinary practices. Dried ginger is mainly used in cakes and biscuits, especially ginger snaps and gingerbread. Now you can buy dry ginger from our site – Idukki Fresh.
Ginger is actually fairly unique as spices go. It is a root that has a bite to it, so for sliced/chopped/minced, the closest may actually be garlic. It’s not the same, but it has a similar “feel” to it. For ground ginger, the closest is probably cinnamon.
In Asian cooking, ginger is almost always used fresh, either minced, crushed or sliced. Fresh ginger can be kept for several weeks in the salad drawer of the refrigerator. Dried ginger should be ‘bruised’ by beating it to open the fibers, then infused in the cooking or making ginger beer and removed when the flavor is sufficient. Store dried and powdered ginger in airtight containers.
Ginger has long been ascribed aphrodisiac powers, taken either internally or externally. It is mentioned in the Kama Sutra, and in the Melanesian Islands of the South Pacific it is employed ‘to gain the affection of a woman’. Conversely, in the Philippines, it is chewed to expel evil spirits.
The primary known constituents include gingerols, zingibain, bisabolenel, oleoresins, starch, essential oil (zingiberene, zingiberole, camphene, cineol, borneol), mucilage, and protein. It is also used to treat nausea related to both motion sickness and morning sickness. It has been found to be even more effective than Dramamine in curbing motion sickness, without causing drowsiness.
The taste of dried ginger is more aromatic than pungent and is used quite often in bakery products such as spicy crackers. It is used crushed in Punjabi marinades for Tandoori starters, of both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian varieties. It enhances the flavor of rich gravies and soups. Dried ginger is often a constituent of many powdered spices and masalas which are then used in gravies, curries, marinades and the like. Dried ginger is crushed or powdered and then used to brew teas. Dried ginger should always be stored in an airtight container in a cool dry place away from moisture and humidity. Besides being a major culinary component of Indian cooking, traditional Ayurveda considers ginger an effective remedy for many gastrointestinal and blood diseases. It is used for abdominal bloating, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea and for the treatment of inflammatory joint diseases, such as arthritis and rheumatism.