• Cloves can easily overpower a dish, particularly when ground, so only a few need be used.
• Whole cloves are often used like a nail to stud or bind vegetables, rotis, samosas, rolls, sweets, etc.
• Cloves are used in the preparation of several spice mixtures including garam masala, curry powders, mulling spices, Chinese 5 spice powder and pickling spices.
• Cloves also figure in the famous Worcestershire sauce.
• They are very popular in Indian cuisine, and used commonly to add aroma to rice preparations.
How to store cloves, laung, lavang
• Cloves are best bought whole.
• They last for a long time, if stored in an airtight container out of direct light. However, due to its high oil content clove becomes rancid after too long. So, check the freshness once in a while by feeling the texture and aroma.
• As a powder, the flavour quickly deteriorates. But, since clove powder cannot be made in a mortar pestle and requires a coffee/spice grinder, it cannot be made for single use. So, try to make in small quantities and store in an airtight container.
Health benefits of cloves, laung, lavang
India's traditional Ayurvedic healers since ancient times cloves as a whole have been used to treat digestive ailments and its oil for toothache. In either form its active compound ‘eugenol’ is the main highlight which has been shown to act as an antioxidant
. It has the ability to kill micro-organisms like the bacteria and help overcome cold and cough
. When boiled with water and gargled, cloves are a good antibacterial mouthwash, which can help to combat bad breath and relieve a sore throat
. Clove Tea is known to be one of the most common home remedy to relieve congestion. Clove oil applied on head is known to relieve headache is some people. A few drops of clove oil applied on acne may help to treat it.