Five-spice powder is a mixture used in Chinese and other south-east Asian cuisines. As the name indicates, it is a blend of five spices viz. fennel seeds, cinnamon, clove, star anise and Sichuan peppercorn.According to traditional Asian medicine, our bodies require five tastes, viz. sweet salty, sour, bitter and pungent, to nourish the internal organs and satisfy our tastes buds. This powder not only makes dishes flavoursome, the five ingredients are packed with medicinal properties too. 1) Fennel seeds (Hindi-Saunf)Fennel seeds contain several antioxidants like quercetin, kaempferol, anethole and rutin, which remove free radicals and help prevent cancer and degenerative neurological diseases. They provide fibre, vital vitamins and minerals like copper, iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, etc. Fennel seeds are known to help in preventing and treating flatulence and indigestion. They also lower serum LDL cholesterol levels and strengthened the immune system, relieve coughs and bronchitis.2) Cinnamon (Hindi-Dal-chini)
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