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Our Spices

Here at Last Monsoon we offer a unique fusion of eastern cuisine from across the Asian subcontinent.
Our cuisine is prepared with the finest ingredients and brought to life by our specialist chefs. Management of the restaurant have combined a new cooking technique with healthy and nutrition in mind, maintaining the original recipe along with the correct ways to processing & handling of ingredients to ensure your food is always delicious, nutritious & tasty.

Suffering with cold or flu?

The spices in a curry have antibacterial and antioxidant properties which have been shown to speed up recovery.The hotter the better apparently!
It is thought that spices including chillies could rise your metabolism by up to 50% after eating.
Less guilt when you order that dessert then!
Scientists have found that two ingredients of curries, tumeric & capsaicin, look as though they help to prevent all sorts of cancers! What better excuse do you need?

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Is highly aromatic and has a sweetish scent and flavour. It is a medicinal plant that is used for curing colds, coughs, sleeplessness, piles and stomach ache.


Is revered as a sacred herb in India. There are 40 varieties, but the most common is the bush basil.


Is mainly used in pilau (rice) and a few curries.

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These are dried aromatic pods of plants containing small seeds, which have a pleasant aroma. Regarded as a cardiotonic and expectorant, the seeds can also be chewed as breath freshener.


Is the dried bark of the cinnamon tree. It is moderately pungent and sweet in taste. It is a tonic as well as an antiseptic. It also helps to lower high blood pressure.

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Traditionally recommended as a diuretic; a digestive aid by Indian physicians, it is said to enhance male potency.


It is the seed of an annual herb and is a member of the parsley family, it is used whole or in powder form.


This spice is an excellent aid for flatulence, stimulates the liver and improves digestion. It is also helpful for kidney stones.

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Its seeds have a pleasantly bitter taste and are copiously used as an ingredient in pickle masalas. Its green leaves are rich in iron, calcium and sulphur, and are extensively used in Indian cooking.


Certain spices blended, powdered and used for ‘piping up’ the curries. Added either after the curries are done or during the cooking process.

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Originated in India. A sovereign root to ward off colds and flu, and is effective against pain. Good for the blood circulation and helps relieve any joint aches; also relieves sore throats and head colds, not to mention its aphrodisiac properties.


It is the aril or inner coating of the nutmeg. It is scarlet in colour and its favour resembles that of the nutmeg. Its flakes are crushed and added to Masala powder.


Kills germs, removes gastric distension and is also a very good decongestant. Soaking your feet in hot water with a little mustard powder can unblock a head cold and soothe headache.

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The dried seed of an aromatic tree, mainly found in Kerela. It has a very strong flavour and is added with caution to curry powders.


An expensive and exotic pistil of a flower (grown in the Kashmir Valley). This spice has a great reputation as a stimulant: it is very rejuvenating and is considered to be an aphrodisiac.


Is a very good palette-enhancer, and is excellent for digestion.

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It is the root of a plant, which is boiled and powdered. It adds colour and flavour to the curries. This spice reduces fat, purifies and helps circulate blood, enhances body colour and is an effective antiseptic.


During the past few decades, the West has woken up to the excellent health qualities of yoghurt, but in India, yoghurt has been used for thousands of years on food and as a meat tenderiser. It helps lower cholesterol, prevents common digestive tract ailments, reduces hypertension and enhances the immune system.

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A powerful antiseptic and is used as a culinary spice. Indians valued cloves highly as a breath freshener as well as a painkiller for toothache, long before clove oil became popular remedy in the Western World.


Valued for its flavour and ability to combine with other ingredients, this is regarded as a very good immune booster, and a powerful antibiotic as well as an aid to digestion.