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Indian spices include a variety of spices that are grown across the Indian subcontinent. With different climatic regions, India produces a variety of spices, many of which are native to the Subcontinent, while others were imported and have since been cultivated locally for centuries. History is dotted with many expeditions to the Indian subcontinent in search of its exquiste spices. Even King Solomon is said to have sent his men in search of Indian spices.

India produces about 2.5 million tonnes of spices each year. It exports about 200,000 tonnes of spice-related products. The world import of spices is around 450,000 tonnes and India's share is about 44 percent out of this. That's a lion's share!!

Indian spices are widely used for their medicinal, preservative and seasoning effects. The Indian spices not only add color, taste and smell to food, they do take care of health too. Find below a list of the common Indian spices that pep up your dishes !!