Spices form an integral part of Indian cuisines. People add them to main course meals like curry and biryani, desserts and beverages. Even cuisines prepared outside India contain spices in abundance. Historically, spices brought traders from across the globe to India centuries ago. Spices serve a variety of purposes apart from flavour and taste. For example, turmeric is renowned for its antibacterial and therapeutic effects. Many spices can also help you lose weight by suppressing your appetite and burning more calories due to their nutritional properties.