Ajwain is a popular spice in India. It is also used extensively in various other cuisines. But for me, ajwain is a spice that I love to have after having a meal. It works as a mouth freshener. I love it because it enhances the taste of bread pakoda. Many people love to eat dry roasted ajwain after having food. It helps to improve oral health. It is also served at many Indian restaurants after the food. I think most of you know what it is. Right? Many people think it is a Hindi word, whereas many people believe it is an English word. In Bengali, it is also known as jowan which is similar to ajwain. But do you know what is actually called ajwain in English?
What is called ajwain in English?
The scientific name of this plant is Trachyspermum ammi. But this annual herb is called carom in English. It is also known as Thymol seeds or Bishop’s weed.
What is ajwain?
You know that it is an annual herb. But do you know what people say that carom spice is the seed of this plant? But it is actually the fruit of the plant. It has a very strong aroma. Anybody can identify this plant by its strong flavor. The taste of this spice is slightly bitter. It looks similar to cumin seeds. That means the size of this spice is very tiny. It brings spiciness to the food. That is why this spice becomes very popular in some parts of the world. India and Iran are the major producers of this spice.
Hindi & English names
Benefits of this spice
Carom (ajwain in English) is a popular spice because of its strong aroma. Otherwise, it won’t be so popular. It brings a special flavor to any food. so the main benefit of this spice is its aroma. But at the same time, it is said that it has a lot of medicinal benefits. It is used to get relief from indigestion. It works great for oral health. Traditional ajwain soaked water is consumed because of its medicinal value. Many people also consume it regularly after having their meal.
- Many experts said that it has antifungal and antibiotic properties.
- It may control the cholesterol level and blood pressure.
- It is also beneficial for skin as well as hair.
- Many people also say ajwain helps in the faster healing of wounds.
So there are many claims and much scientific research also conducted by various people. Not only that is also traditionally used to cure various health issues.
Various types of millets in India
Usage of this spice
People love to eat dry roasted carom spice. Many people soak it in water for a few hours and then drink that infused water. Many people do so because ajwain has many medicinal values.
Secondly, it is used to make various dishes. It is often used to make vegan pastry, mathri, pakoda, dal bafla, dal baati etc. did you ever try bread pakora? It is a popular dish in the Northern Indian states. Carom spice is used there.