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December 28, 2015

Biryani Spices List, Names, Pictures, Health Benefits

Biryani spices
For the past few months, I have been sharing varieties of (Vegetarian)Veg biryani recipes in my blog under “Sunday Lunch Recipes”. I hope many of you had found it useful and tried them too. 

I am planning to compile list of all the biryani recipes under one page for easy and quick reference. But before that I want to make a post on list of spices used in most of the biryani along with pictures and names in different languages like English, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Tamil for people to identify & buy them easily in your place. I have also shared their health benefits so that you can enjoy your biryani without any guilt.

You can find about cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, bayleaf, black stone flower, mace, nutmeg, kapok buds and fennel seeds. Nowadays in most of the shops all these ingredients are together sold in small packets as “Biryani masala”. You can use these spices to make Biryani masala powder at home. Ok, lets see the biryani spices list with its names and pictures.

**All these informations are collected from Internet. Please leave your feedback in comments if you feel anything important is missed or mispelt. I will add them. Thanks !


English Tamil
Cinnamon Pattai
Cloves Krambu/ Lavangam
Cardamom Elakkai
Mace Jathipathri / Jathikai thol
Black stone flower Kalpasi
Fennel seeds/ Aniseed Soambu
Star anise Annasi poo
Bay leaf Brinji ilai
Nutmeg Jathikai
Dried kapok buds Marathi mokku


English Hindi
Cinnamon Dalchini
Cloves Laung
Cardamom Elachi
Mace Jaipatri / Javintri
Black stone flower Phathar ke phool, Dagad Phool
Fennel seed/ aniseed Valaiti Saunf / Aawonf
Star anise Anasphal / Badayan / Chakri Phool
Bayleaf Tej Patta
Nutmeg Jaiphal
Dried Kapok buds Shalmali, Semul, Kachra, Kabra, Karer, Kariyal


English Telugu
Cinnamon Dhalchinachekka
Cloves Lavangam
Cardamom Elakayi
Mace Japathri, Jajikaya Pathri
Black stone flower Kallupachi, Rathipachi
Fennel seeds/Aniseed Kuppi Soptu/Sompu
Star anise Anaspuvu
Bay leaf Masala Aku / Biryani Aaku
Nutmeg Jajikaya
Dried Kapok buds Marathi Mogga, Tella Buruga, Enugadanta, Mumudatu


English Malayalam
Cinnamon Patta / Karugapatta
Clove Grambu
Cardamom Elaka
Mace JathiPoo
Black stone flower Celeyam, kalppuvu
Fennel seeds/ Aniseed Perum Jeerakam
Star anise Takkolam
Bayleaf Karuva Ela
Nutmeg Jathikka
Dried kapok buds Appakuttaka, Parappoola, Parapanni


English Kannada
Cinnamon Chakke
Clove Lavang
Cardamom Elakkaya / Elakka
Mace Japatri / Jayithree
Black stone flower Kallu huva
Fennel seeds / aniseed Sompu
Star anise Anasi hoova / Pineapple Mogg
Bayleaf Biryani Ele / Paththa
Nutmeg Jayikai
Dried kapok buds Marathi Moggu or Ilavu or Puulaa, Mullilavu

Fennel seeds

Fennel seed

  • Fennel symbolizes longevity, courage, and strength. In addition to its use as medicinal values, fennel has many health benefiting nutrients, essential compounds, anti-oxidants, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins.
  • It offers protection from cancers, infection, aging and degenerative neurological diseases..
  • Furthermore, fennel seeds indeed are the storehouse for many vital vitamins. Vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C as well as many B-complex vitamins like thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and niacin particularly are concentrated in these seeds.
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  • Cardamom is one of the most effective remedies against halitosis. Simply chewing on the seeds eliminates bad odors. Cardamom is even used in some chewing gums because of its effectiveness, billed as a surefire cure to the most offensive breath.It can also be used to help soothe a sore throat and relieve hoarseness of voice.
  • The volatile oil in cardamom has been proven to soothe the stomach and intestines, making cardamom an ideal solution for a host of digestive problems, such as constipation, dysentery, and indigestion. 
  • Cardamom can be used aromatically to increase or encourage appetite, and also assists in soothing gas and heartburn. Generally, cardamom relieves most upset stomachs. To use Cardamom for digestive problems, consume seeds alone, serve ground seed with food, or serve as a tea.
  • South Asians use cardamom’s relieving properties to help with the discomfort of passing gall and kidney stones. Cardamom, combined with banana leaf and alma juice, can act as a diuretic, soothing a variety of kidney, bladder, and urinary problems like nephritis, burning or painful urination, and frequent urges to urinate. The relief from uncomfortable symptoms provided through cardamom should not be considered a cure to underlying diseases and disorders.
  • Cardamom oils can be added to baths as a form of aromatherapy that fights depression and reduces stress. Ground Cardamom seeds can be made into a tea for similar benefits.
  • Cardamom helps to fight cancers like breast cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer. Early research suggests that consuming cardamom regularly may help with preventing these forms of cancer.
In addition to these specific medicinal uses, cardamom contains an abundance of antioxidants, which protect the body against aging and stress and fight common sicknesses.

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star anise

Star Anise

  • Medicinal Value :Star Anise fruit is anti-bacterial, anti-spasmodic and a diurectic. Hence widely used in flatulence or gas like conditions.
  • Culinery and Other Values:Star Anise is a major ingredient in Chinese Dishes for flavoring meat, veggies, curries, confectionaries and for pickling purposes. The oil of Star Anise is used to flavor bakery products, soft drinks and liquors. Also used in perfumery.
  • Good source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, iron, zinc etc. also rich in vitamin C, A, riboflavin, folic acid etc.
  • Used as drug in Eastern countries due to its stimulant, carminative, astringent and aphrodisiac properties.
  • Mace is used in savoury dishes.



  • Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols (3, 4, 5).
  • cinnamon can be used as a natural food preservative
  • Cinnamon Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties.It helps the body fight infections and repair tissue damage.
  • Cinnamon May Cut the Risk of Heart Disease.In people with type 2 diabetes, 1 gram of cinnamon per day has beneficial effects on blood markers.It reduces levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while HDL cholesterol remains stable.
  • Cinnamon May Be Protective Against Cancer.Cinnamon Helps Fight Bacterial and Fungal Infections.


  • Temporarily treat a toothache.
  • Relieve upper respiratory infections.
  • Treat scrapes and bruises.
  • Improve digestion
  • Enhance sexual health.
  • Reduce inflammation.
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Black stone flower


Black stone flower

Dagad phool/black stone flower are commonly found in any markets or with spice smiths and it has uses in many dishes in hyderabadi.Similar to those of sweet pepper, it has quite mild aromatic flavor. It is not only used for aromas in soup preparations but also used as soup thickeners.
Stone flowers have medical properties to cure HIV virus. Stone flowers are the biological indicators of air pollution.
It is a good pain reliever and also promotes early healing of wounds due to its bitter taste.
It helps treating the skin related problem due to its cold potency. It helps in reducing any kind of inflammation in body.

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  • Provides relief from insomnia
  • Helps to lower blood pressure
  • Helps to eliminate bad breath
  • Helps to dissolve kidney stone
  • Boost health of bones of body
  • Helps in elimination of toxins from body
  • Beneficial in maintaining optimal brain health
  • Helps to reduce inflammation and pain due to wounds,arthritis
  • Induces secretion of gastric & intestinal juices to ease digestion.
When used appropriately, as a spice, the benefits of nutmeg are obvious, but keep the amount under control, and find your thrills somewhere else!

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  • Bay leaves have been found to be effective in treating type 2 diabetes as they cause reduction in blood glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
  • Bay leaves are good for promoting digestion and can treat digestive disorders such as heartburn and flatulence.
  • The powerful phytonutrients in bay leaf provide protection against cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.
  • Bay leaves are effective in fighting the symptoms of cold, flu and infections.

Marathi moggu

Kapok Buds

Kapok Buds or Marathi Moggu, best described as a type of caper, are the dried buds of the Kapok tree or the Silk Cotton tree. It is called moggu in Kannada and mogga in Telugu which literally means a bud. Moggu is a spice used in some of Karnataka's cherished dishes such as Bisi Bele Bath, Saagu, Kannadiga style kootus to name a few. It is not eaten raw but is always roasted and ground with other spices before going into a dish.
Marathi Moggu is a term which is a misnomer, as this spice is native to Karnataka. However that has not come in the way of its adorning several Andhra style dishes as a specialty spice. This spice is widely used in preparing curry powders and also finds a place in Chettinad cuisine.

For making any biryani, all these spices plays a vital role. No worries if you skip one or two from the above list. But spices like cinnamon, cloves, bayleaf, black stone flower and cardamom should be used to get the actual flavor and taste of biryani. You can either add them as whole or powder them and add to biryani. Among these spices, I would say black stone flower is the hero. Adding just one or two flower takes the biryani to next level and gives restaurant flavor. So make sure you buy them and keep in your pantry. But remember, do not add more than one or two else its smell would over power the masala. Hope this biryani spices list would be useful to you all.

Catch you all soon in my next post !

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September 10, 2014


Grocery list indian

Few weeks back I got a request from a newly wedded girl to help her by giving Indian monthly grocery items list for a small family of 2 to 4 persons (monthly shopping list for Indian family, maligai saman list in Tamil, Kirana list in Hindi). So I have given basic grocery items list in both PDF and Excel format as free download.

Excel sheet is free to download. You don't have to request permission for downloading. Just make a copy of it and edit as required. You can use this checklist for your monthly shopping and grocery purchase.

When I read that reader's mail, I had a flashback of my life. When I was newly married, I was in a joint family with my in-laws. My lovable MIL used to take care of kitchen works and my ever caring FIL did all the household chores like monthly provision shopping ,vegetables, paying bills etc. Myself and Sendhil just spent most of our time in office and we had no worries about our households. But after 4 years, when I was left alone in the kitchen, I somehow managed to cook but I did not have any idea of how much quantity of rice and other groceries to purchase for one month. I kept forgetting one or the other ingredients. I used to run to a nearby provisional store after keeping the kadai on flame. Sendhil used to scold me a lot.

When I told this to my mom, she helped me by sharing this list & told to follow this list every time I go for monthly purchase. I also referred here for more specifications. I do have a picture of my mom's list in my mobile. It was very helpful for me to decide and buy the correct quantity of monthly groceries in a wholesale shop & then I altered the list based on our usage and availability. Every month you may not need to buy all these items. My mom has been following list this since my childhood. I still remember, she used to give this list to a departmental store nearby my house and they do home delivery.

Nowadays in India most of the apartments are in city outskirts. So we go out once or twice in a month to buy groceries and if we don’t follow a list,we have to buy from the stores available in our apartment premises.No matter how costly it is,we are forced to buy there. To avoid all these ,its better to make a list and follow it. To help newly married girls, bachelors and for the ladies who are in short of memory like me, I have shared a list in excel format which you can download it as a pdf or  xls sheet by clicking the link.

The quantity I have given would come for 1-2 months for a pucca South Indian family. North Indians, please reduce the quantity of rice and increase wheat flour. Bachelors, do reduce the quantity by half.  Do follow this list for the first month and based on your need and usage, you can alter it

I have also shared some images for the  checklist separately. U can save it in your mobile and cross check the ingredients while you purchase. I hope this list would be useful to you all. 

Do leave a message if you feel I had left anything important. I will include it. Also leave your feedback in the comment section if this list helps you. I would be more happy to know it. Thanks. Please click on the image below to view the excel sheet and the text below for downloadable PDF.


Click this link to make a copy of the grocery list in Excel format

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Indian grocery list excel

My mom always starts the list with turmeric powder, sugar &  jaggery sentimentally. So I too follow the same .

I have shared the complete grocery list below. You can copy paste them in your PC. I have also given separate images for groceries, Pooja items, Toiletries and miscellaneous items. Right click and save the respective images based on your need. In addition, I have shared the list in Excel sheet as well. You can make a copy of it and edit it using google sheets app. Here I have given the quantity of rice more than wheat as I had focussed South indians. North indians, please exchange the quantities of rice and wheat as per your requirement. I have given the amazon affiliate links for the titles. 



  1. Turmeric powder - 100 gms
  2. Sugar - 1 kg
  3. Jaggery - 1/2 kg
  4. Idli rice/Boiled rice/Salem rice - 5-7 kgs
  5. Steamed rice or Raw rice/Sona masoori - 5-7 kgs
  6. High quality raw rice for Pongal - 1 kg
  7. Dosa rice ( optional) - 2 kgs
  8. Basmati rice - 1 to 2 kgs
  9. Brown rice(optional) - 1 kgs
  10. Pressed rice / Poha(thick or thin) -1 kgs
  11. Wheat flour - 2 kgs (North Indians, please increase atta to 5 kgs and reduce rice)
  12. Maida - 1/2 kg (For cakes and snacks)
  13. Ragi flour - 1 kg
  14. Millets varieties & oats - 1/2 kg each
  15. Rice flour - 1/2 kg
  16. Besan flour - 1/2 kg
  17. Bombay Rava/ Semolina or Chiroti rava - 1 kg
  18. Wheat rava / samba rava / bansi rava - 1 kg
  19. Idli rava - 1 kg (optional)
  20. Rice rava - 500 gms
  21. Vermicelli / Semiya - 1 packet big
  22. Instant rice sevai -1 big packet
  23. Sago/Javvarisi - 1/2 kg
  24. Tamarind - 1/2 kg
  25. Red chilli - 1/4 kg


  1. Toor dal - 1 kg
  2. Round urad dal - 2 kgs
  3. Yellow moong dal - 1 kg
  4. Chana dal - 1/2 kg
  5. Split urad dal - 1/2 kg
  6. Rajma, peas, brown/white chana, green gram dal, Peanuts - 1/4 kg each
  7. Fried gram dal / Pottukadalai - 1/4 kg
  8. Horsegram , flax seeds - If needed


  1. Crystal salt - 1 kg
  2. Powder salt - 1 kg
  3. Red chilli powder - 1/4 kg
  4. Dhania powder - 1/4 kg
  5. Garam masala powder - 100 gms
  6. Chat masala powder - 1 packet small
  7. Aamchoor powder - 50 gms
  8. Cumin powder - 50 gms
  9. Pepper powder - 50 gms
  10. Sambar powder, Rasam powder, Vatha kuzhambu powder - If needed
  11. Biryani masala powder or curry masala powder - Small packet
  12. Idli powder / Gun powder - 1 packet ( If needed)
  13. Readymade powders like garlic powder, pav bhaji masala, chana masala etc
  14. Instant coffee powder - 100 gms
  15. Tea powder - 100 gms
  16. ENO fruit salt - 2 packets (For rava idli, dhokla)
  17. Yeast - 1 small box ( For making aapam, bread)
  18. Cooking soda / Baking soda - 1 packet small
  19. Baking powder - 1 packet


  1. Cooking oil - 1- 2 lts
  2. Gingely oil/Sesame oil - 1 - 2 lts
  3. Coconut oil - 1/2 lt
  4. Ghee or butter - 1/2 kg
  5. Olive oil - 1/2 liter
  6. Deepam oil - If needed ( For lamp)


  1. Mustard seeds - 150 gms
  2. Pepper - 100 gms
  3. Cumin seeds/jeera - 100 gms
  4. Poppy seeds/Khus khus - 100 gms
  5. Coriander seeds/Dhania - 200 gms
  6. Fennel seeds - 50 gms
  7. Fenugreek seeds / Methi seeds - 100 gms
  8. Dry ginger piece or powder - 50 gms
  9. Black or white sesame seeds - 50 gms
  10. Split urad dal - 100 gms ( For seasoning)
  11. Ajwain / omam - 50 gms
  12. Hing/Asafetida - 1 box (Big)
  13. Cardamom/Elakki - 25 gms
  14. Cashew nuts - 50 gms
  15. Raisins - 50 gms
  16. Badam or other nuts - 50 gms
  17. Peanuts - 100 gms
  18. Dates ( optional) - 100 gms
  19. Cinnamon - 1 packet
  20. Cloves - 1 small packet
  21. Kalpasi/black stone flower & marati moggu - 1 small packet
  22. Biryani spices packet - 1 no
  23. Vanilla essence - 1 small bottle


  1. Papad - 1 big packet
  2. Cocoa powder - 100 gms
  3. Health drinks(horlicks,complan etc) - 1/2 kg each
  4. Noodles -1 packet
  5. Pasta - 200 gms
  6. Macaroni - 200 gms
  7. Sphagetti(optional) - 1 box
  8. Tomato Ketchup / Sauce - 1 bottle
  9. Jam - 1 bottle 
  10. Mayonaisse - 1 bottle
  11. Pizza sauce/ Pasta sauce - 1 bottle
  12. Organic Honey - 1 small bottle
  13. Bread Packet - 1 to 2 nos


  1. Cheese slices - 1 packet
  2. Cheese block - 1 no
  3. Butter - 1/2 kg
  4. Curd / Flavored yogurt - If needed
  5. Fresh cream - 1 packet
  6. Paneer / cottage cheese - 2 packs


  1. Tooth paste - 200 gms
  2. Tooth brush - 2 nos ( one time purchase)
  3. Bathing soap - 3 nos
  4. Shampoo/Hair conditioner - 1 big bottle
  5. Face powder - 1 box
  6. Hand sanitizer - 1 bottle
  7. Deodarant - 1 or 2 nos
  8. Body lotion - 1 no
  9. Kajal/Kum kum/stickers - 1 no
  10. Shaving lotion - 1 no
  11. Shaving cream - 1 no
  12. Hair gel - 1 no
  13. Razer blades -1 packet big
  14. Baby products - as needed


  1. Dish washing soaps or liquids - 2 nos/1 bottle
  2. Dish washing powder - 1/2 kg
  3. Washing powder - 1 kg
  4. Washing soaps - 5 nos
  5. Toilet cleaner / bleaching powder - 1 bottle
  6. Floor cleaner - 1 bottle
  7. Kitchen cleaner - 1 bottle
  8. Sanitary pads - 1 packet
  9. Toilet paper - 1 bundle
  10. Kitchen tissue - 1 bunch
  11. Garbage bags - 2 rolls
  12. Car cleaner/Car refreshner - 1 no
  13. Dettol - 1 bottle
  14. Mosquito liquid - 2 nos
  15. Odonil - 2 nos
  16. Napthalene balls - 1 packet
  17. Rubber band - 1 packet


  1. Match box - 1 bunch ( 10 nos)
  2. Deepa oil - 1 ltr
  3. Cotton thread - 1 packet
  4. Camphor - 1 small box
  5. Incense sticks - 1 big box
  6. Dhoop - 1 box
  7. Rock candy or dry grapes for neivedyam - 1/4 kg


  1. Medicines/bandages
  2. Light bulbs
  3. Batteries
  4. Candles
  5. Snacks


  1. Ready made rice mix
  2. Sambar powder
  3. Rasam powder
  4. Garlic powder / poondu podi
  5. Idli podi / Gun powder
  6. Ginger,Garlic paste
  7. Tamarind paste
  8. Ready to eat products
  9. Vathakuzhambu powder
  10. Idli, dosa batter
  11. Bread packet
  12. Cereals
  13. Readymade mix packets


Monthly grocery list for 2 persons - Indian

Monthly grocery list for 2 persons - Indian Indian Monthly A-Z grocery list for 2 persons..
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Grocery
Serves: 4 people ( For 2 adults + 2 kids)
Prep time: 15 Minutes
Cook time: -
Total time: 15 Minutes

Indian monthly Grocery shopping List


Please give credit for this blog if you are using these images elsewhere. Thanks for understanding. Click this link to download the grocery list in Excel format. 

IT IS FREE TO DOWNLOAD. You don't have to send any access request / permission to edit via email. This list is open for all. It is not private. Its free to use.  Make a copy of the sheet and follow the instructions to edit if required
After opening this excel sheet, click"FILE" and click "Save a copy " OR "Download as PDF" Option and save the sheet in your drive from your desktop. Then you can edit the list as per your needs.  

If you are using mobile, please make a copy of the sheet, edit in Google sheets mobile app. If you are a non-google user, Please click THIS LINK .

Click this link to view my Kitchen Utensils & appliances list 

Please use the above link and download the PDF/ Excel sheet. 

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Hope you find this post useful. Please leave a message in the comment box if I have left anything important in the list. Thanks !

A reader's tip for cleaning hacks from comment section:

Instead of buying all the chemicals to clean especially if you have children around, get some white vinegar and sodium bicarbonate and use some lime juice, trust me the whole housing cleaning would be taken care without nastiness of the cleaning products we buy from shops. Eventually you would save money as well.


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