Tadka or tampering is an essential part of the Indian cooking process where the ghee or oil is heated to a certain temperature. After this, cumin, mustard seeds are added, and once these make a crackling sound, other spices like curry leaves, bay leaf, green or red chilli are added along with turmeric powder and pepper. Genrally it is believed that adding tadka to the dish enhances the taste of the dish. But other than the taste, it also has some unique health benefits. Retaining of active compounds [caption id="attachment_47013" align="alignnone" width="728"] Source[/caption] Experts say that when spices are cooked for more than 30 minutes, they lose important compounds like curcumin and piperine. But when these are added with tempering, these compounds are retained, which are extremely important for the gut and body. Anti Bacterial Properties [caption id="attachment_47014" align="alignnone" width="540"] Source[/caption] Garlic is an imporant vegetable which is also an imporant ingredient used in the tadka. It helps in keeping the infections and viral bacteria away because of the anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. Because it is only half cooked in tadka, the medicinal properties are retained which are otherwise lost due to over-exposure to the heat. Cummin Seeds [caption id="attachment_47015" align="alignnone" width="500"] Source[/caption] The most basic ingredient of any tadka is the cummin seeds because these seeds are rich in health beneifts. These seeds are very helpful in getting rid of acidity, diarrhoea and digestive disorders. Chilli Seeds [caption id="attachment_47016" align="alignnone" width="500"] Source[/caption] The red chilli and green chilli seeds are very helpful because these are rich in vitamin A, B, and K which are extremely helpful in enhancing the immune system of the body. Turmeric Powder [caption id="attachment_47017" align="alignnone" width="500"] Source[/caption] Haldi powder or the turmeric powder is famous for its numerous medicinal properties. Other than increasing the immunity, the curcumin compound present in the powder helps in curing the infections, coughs and also resolves the throat issues. Turmeric powder is also considered good for skin. Mustard Seeds [caption id="attachment_47018" align="alignnone" width="500"] Source[/caption] Mustard seeds have antioxidants in them which help in keeping the immune system strong. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which help in curing arthiritis, stretch and muscle pain. Now that you're aware of the fact that tadka is not only for the taste enhancement, but also for health. SO what are you waiting for, and start adding tadka in your life as well as food!!