Using Cloves in Bengali & Indian Cooking Explained

Cloves are found in clove trees (Syzygium aromaticum) of India and Madagascar are considered to be a spice that is having a pungent smell, used mostly in the savory dishes especially before the cooking, drinks, desserts and savoury dishes.

In fact, the grounded versions are used in the rice dishes, sauces depending on the flavours with whole cloves and more.

In fact, in making masala chai the cloves are also used. This flower bud is being harvested and used when dried. It has a small, reddish-brown spike with bulbous top and max 1 centimeter in length.

It is mainly known for its aroma in cooking. It is being said in history that for cloves the ditches really swapped Manhattan.

It is put or used in rich and royal dishes to make the aroma much richer and more flavourful. The Indian and Bengali dishes made with “Garam masala” are being used here.

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Using Cloves in Bengali & Indian Cooking

Uses of Cloves in Bengali & Indian Cuisines

It is being said that cloves are used in Indian cuisine (both South Indian and North Indian). You can check out that there are so many spicy meat recipes, rice dishes where the garam masala is being used.

In fact, mutton biryani, handi chicken, Bengali Potoler Dorma, Aloor Dum, Echor er Dalna, Kosha Chicken and more.

Here the portion of garam masala is being used in whole form and even in the grounded versions as seasoning.

In Gujrat there were masala chai and special tea which also needs cloves. It makes the aroma much stronger.

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Should You Cook with Cloves?

Of course, it’s a big yes, we should cook with cloves. It makes the food spicy and at the same time it enriches the taste.

It is actually making the whole dish much more royal and brilliant.

What Foods Can You Put Cloves on?

You can put cloves on a variety of food and recipes. It is used in veg and non veg dishes so as to make the dish much more aromatic and richer in flavours. Vegetable Biryani, Dal Makhani, Dal Bati Churma, Dabeli, Methi Ki Sabji, Paneer Butter Masala or Makhani, Kadhi Chawal, Dal, Dhokli, Alur Dum, Paneer White Gravy, Palak Daal, Vegetable Korma, Gobi Roast, Veg and Non-Veg Pulao, Masala Chai, Vegetable Sandwich, Khicdi, Masala Curry, Paneer Tikka, Mutton Kosha, Chicken Curry and Kosha, Soyabean Ki Sabji, Palak Ki Sabji, Kathal Er Sabji, Channar Dalna, PotolEr Dorma, Dhokar Dalna Etc.

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When Should You Add Cloves While Cooking?

You can simply add the whole cloves before the cooking and the grounded version when the cooking is done.

It will make the dish much more aromatic.

What is the Taste of Cloves?

The cloves have a pungent smell, used mostly in the savory dishes especially before the cooking, drinks, desserts and savory dishes.

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