We may not realise it, but many of the ingredients used in Indian cooking have healing properties which are great for our overall health. In fact, ingredients found in typical Indian dishes have been used for thousands of years to treat certain conditions and improve overall health. Let’s take a look at some benefits of the ingredients found in Indian cuisine:


Garlic – which is known as ‘Lassan’ in Hindi – is used in abundance in Indian cooking and contains endless benefits for the body. Garlic contains both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, while it was recently discovered that it can also be used for the management of Diabetes. Garlic is good for boosting the immune system and is known to relieve symptoms associated with gum disease.


Some like lots of it, while others prefer only a small amount in their curries. Nevertheless, chilli contains healing properties and has been used for centuries as a form of pain-relief. Chilli peppers are also renowned for improving circulation. In particular, the cayenne pepper is good for the physical healing of the body, as it is known to almost instantly stop any bleeding when it is applied to the wound.


Fenugreek is a popular ingredient in dishes from India’s subcontinent. It contains properties that aid with digestion and can be eaten to prevent stomach cramps. It is also known to limit the side effects of flu.

Cumin seeds

Cumin is used to boost the flavour of many Indian dishes and eating it has numerous benefits for the body. The spice is known to boost the immune system, helping the body fight any illness. As well as this, it also aids indigestion and relieves stomach pain.


Turmeric, which is native to southeast India, offers numerous health benefits and is used in Indian medicine to help strengthen the body. The spice is known to aid digestion and contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

In fact, turmeric has been discovered to contain anti-cancer properties, too. As well as this, researchers from the University of California found that consuming turmeric can limit the chance of you developing Alzheimer’s.


Native to south India, cardamom is a key ingredient of garam masala and many other Indian dishes. Cardamom is a great aid to digestion and can be used to fight fatigue and prevent flu.


Ginger – particularly the root – is used in many Indian dishes and is known to limit flu symptoms and to help curb indigestion. Several studies have revealed that ginger is perfect for suppressing nausea; in fact, it is proven to be more effective than anti-nausea medicine that is prescribed over the counter.

So, not only is Indian food delicious, it is good for us too. To sample some of these spices in all their glory – and reap the health benefits they deliver – why not head down to one of London’s top fine-dining restaurants. There, you will be able to sample an array of mouth-watering dishes, all of which boast a delectable combination of Indian spices.