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Cinnamon, chillies, cardamom and turmeric all have the power to transform a dish. Just a touch of these fragrant Indian spices will add colour and flavour to any Diwali feast.
When it comes to sweets, cardamom adds a lovely note to homemade coconut barfi, while figs poached with cinnamon and cloves sit happily atop a soothing rice pudding.
Ground spices lose their flavour and aroma sooner than whole ones, so if you aren’t going to use them as everyday ingredients, it’s best to buy whole spices and grind them in a mortar and pestle.