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There is no denying the importance of spice within the world of cooking, especially when it comes to Ethiopian food and other cuisines that are rich in bold flavours. Spices have been used to create deep, aromatic and mouth watering flavours throughout history, making a dish as exciting and delicious as possible. Without the addition of spices, a lot of meals are likely to taste somewhat dull and bland. However, spices are there for much more than flavour.

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The Many Benefits of Using Spices

A lot of people underestimate the benefits of using spices. Of course, spices have the ability to elevate a dish and transform standard food into something delicious, but there are many other benefits that are often overlooked. For example, many spices are known to boast health benefits. If you are a fan of spicy food, you will be pleased to know it may actually be more advantageous than you first thought.

Spices, on the whole, have been linked to boosting your metabolism and combating inflammation. They have also been linked to killing bacteria, lowering mortality rates and slowing down your appetite. This is a huge positive for anyone who enjoys spicy food and using spice in their cooking, as favourite foods and flavours go alongside a variety of health benefits.

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The Importance of Individual Spices


owever, it’s important to know which spices are linked to which benefits as they all have slightly different properties. Cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, chilies and peppers have all been linked to raising your metabolic rate and keeping hunger pangs at bay. Curcumin, which is found in turmeric, and ginger have been linked to reducing inflammation in the body. This can aid headaches, nausea, arthritis and autoimmune disorders. Cumin and turmeric both have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. This allows them to kill harmful bacteria found in the body.

Spices Used in Ethiopian Cuisine

If you are familiar with Ethiopian cuisine, you will know that spices are a big part of what goes into each dish. Cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin, cloves and black pepper are all regularly found in Ethiopian dishes. If you take a look at any of our products, you will see that they are full of authentic spices and flavours.


You can enjoy the spices found in Ethiopian food at Muya, the ‘go to’ place for those wanting to enjoy Ethiopian delights at home. To find out more, get in touch.