Forget chocolate and vanilla, 7 food fragrances naturally produced in India

Nov 2, 2023

BY: Nibedita Roy

Forget chocolate and vanilla, 7 food fragrances naturally produced in India

​​7 food fragrances naturally produced in India​

India’s love for aroma essence and fragrances dates back to more than 60,000 years and the references of the encapsulating aroma and its magnetism can be found in holy epics and Granths. Here are some of the most enticing food fragrances that are produced in India using natural and edible ingredients. Read on to find out…

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​​Saffron​

Kesar also known as Saffron is one of the most exquisite herbs cultivated in the hilly regions of Jammu and Kashmir. Saffron is the world's most expensive spice, which is loved for its sweet, subtle and mild floral aroma.

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​​Kewra ​

Kewda oil, attar or essence is derived from Pandanus flower and is widely used in Indian desserts and beverages for its unique and floral fragrance. The unique aroma of these flowers are extracted, refined and processed in India and were widely used in Awadhi and Mughlai cuisine.

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​​Rosewater​

Another enticing floral aroma and its essence is produced from the bylanes of Kannauj. The essence of rose and the distilled rose water is used in accentuating the taste and experience of several exquisite traditional delicacies and sweets.

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​​Sandalwood​

This unique fragrance hails from the jungles of South India. The subtle yet encapsulating aroma of Sandalwood is used for its earthy and woody fragrance and is often incorporated into Indian sweets, beverages, and even some savory dishes. In fact, the essence of this wood is also used for religious purposes.

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​​Camphor​

Camphor is used in Indian cuisine as well as Indian rituals for its strong menthol-like aroma. It is often used in very small quantities in certain religious and traditional preparations.

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​​Khus​

Vetiver, also known as Khus, has a subtle, sweet and earthy aroma. This enticing aroma essence is derived from vetiver grass, and is widely used in accentuating the taste and aroma of beverages, sweets and other delicacies.

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​​Musk​

Musk is a rare aroma used in contemporary cuisine and has been historically used as an aromatic flavouring in traditional Indian dishes and beverages.

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​​Cardamom​

Cardamom has a sweet and pleasant aroma, which is used in adding an exquisite flavour and aroma to both sweet and savory delicacies. Cardamom is known as the "Queen of Spices," and is cultivated in Kerala.

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