Spices are an inseparable part of Indian cuisine, and while the use of spices varies from region to region across India, it is the common thread that binds us all together. Indian spices have been in demand across the world since 12th century, and the West was encouraged to explore the sea routes to India in the quest for India’s spices. Indian spices remain an attraction in the traditional Arabian souks. It was the spice trade that had landed the first European settlers on the Western Indian coasts. The trade of spices was so profitable in the West, that it drove in a whole new era, of not just European settlers, but of European Enterprise that later became an era of European colonization. Many early European settlers in the courts of the Mughals at Delhi wrote about ‘Indian food’ being at the centre of their experience of living in India.
A posting in India came, not only with a fat salary but also with the luxury of eating wonderfully spiced Indian food four times a day. But Indian food has evolved over a period owing to the influences, the rulers of India brought to it. British colonization also changed the way Indians ‘did’ their spicy food. One can say that colonization brought ‘standardization’ of spices to Indian cuisine. So, we have our generic Garam Masala and Curry Powder. There are different spice brands in India that make many standardized spice powders that are sold in India and abroad.
Here are the name list of 10 most popular spices brand in India.
Eastern is a Bengaluru-based spice brand, and is one of the top spice exporters. It prides itself of manufacturing spices that are ‘ethically sourced’ to provide a traditional taste. It produces generic spice mixes like garam masala and chicken masala with some authentic south Indian favourites like Green Pepper Chicken Masala, Sambhar Powder etc. Eastern also produces one of the best spice mixes for Indo-Chinese cuisine.
Priya is another extremely popular brand of spices from South India. The provide a range of curry masala powders like chicken masala, fish masala, and the famous Madras curry masala. They also produce spice powders, that could be used with any of the masala powders. Priya is famous for its South Indian style pickles that are also found in super markets around the world.
About 50 years back, Rambhai Chhagabhai Patel started a small business selling pulses and spices in his neighbourhood. It was his son, Hasmukhbhai Patel, who turned into brand Ramdev , extending it to the entire state of Gujarat. In 1990,Ramdev Masalas launched their ‘Ready-to-eat’ range with their instant mixes for Gujarati snacks like Dhokla, Khaman, Gulab Jamun, etc. They got their asafoetida powder ‘AGMARK’ certifies, which was a first in India.
7. Mother’s Recipe
Mother’s recipe is one of the biggest spice brands in India, with a presence in 40 other countries across the world. Owned by Desai Brothers Ltd, Mother’s Recipe produces ethnic pickles, chutneys, spices, condiments, Papads, Appalams, Ready to cook Spices, Instant Mixes, Mango Pulps etc. Their products are available and popular all over the country, and can be found even in Police Canteens, Defence Canteens, etc.
Owned by Nestle, the brand Maggi is more than just 2-Minute noodles. Maggi produces a small range of spice mixed, and paste which are extremely popular. Maggi was the first brand in India to sell vegetable and chicken stock cubes, which add a great flavour to any dish. Their Masala-e-magic spice mix is Maggi’s own take on Garam Masala. Maggi also produces ready-to-us curry pastes. Despite all the recent controversies about high levels of MSG in Maggi products, Maggi as a brand continues to remain extremely popular, and their spice mixes add a new dimension of flavour to the traditional Indian taste.
The Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, or MTR as an extremely popular food brand in Karnataka. Their spice mixes are extremely popular in Karnataka and the rest of South India. While their traditional South Indian spice mixes like Sambhar powder, and Rassam powder remain favorites across India, their instant Dosa, Idli and wada mixes are equally popular. They also sell the traditional South Indian chutney’s like ‘Paruppu Pody’, and the dry red chilli powder, commonly known as ‘Gunpowder’. MTR prides to preserve more flavour in their spices by pounding and grinding them.
Catch was launched in 1987, and their first products were sprinklers for Indian and International tables- salt and pepper. In 2001, they launched the entire range of spice mixes, whole spices, blended spices, and Sprinklers.
3. Cook me
Cook Me is a Kolkata based spice powder manufacturer, and their speciality is authentic Bengali spice powders and pastes. They also make ready-to-use spice pastes, whole spices and spice mixes.
MDH is one of the most popular and celebrated brands of spices in India. Their manufacturing units are located in five different states. MDH stands for Mahashian Di Hatti. MDH spices started as a small shop in Sialkot started by Mahashay Chunni Lal in 1919, and was later taken over by his son Mahashay Dharampal. It now exports its quality products of pure spice blends, spice mixes from India.
Everest is a common household name in India. For more than 45 years, Everest has dominated spice markets in India, and provide an exhaustive range of spice powders and spice mixes. Everest spices are available across India. Supermarkets in US, UK, Australia, Canada, and France also sell Everest products.
While the above mentioned spice brand are among the best-selling spice brands in India, Shaan, a spice brand from Pakistan, that is now manufactured in India is also extremely popular among meat eaters.