Zizira's Super Saver Pack of Meghalaya's Spices

Use natural, wholesome spices from the hills, mountains, and forests of Meghalaya. Pick from our 5 best-selling products, Lakadong Turmeric, Szechuan Pepper, Black Pepper, Long Pepper, and Dried Bay Leaves.

  • Wholesome Spices: Grown out in the sun, under the rain, using traditional Khasi agricultural wisdom.
  • Traditional Farming: All our products are sourced from small family farms of Meghalaya. Most of our farmers grow these products for themselves, and share a part of their produce with the Zizira community.
  • Clean, Free of Adulteration: Every product you see in our store, has undergone quality tests to ensure it's free of any unwanted adulterants. From the farms to your family, we are in-charge of the cleaning, processing & packaging, so that you receive the best of Meghalaya for your kitchen.
  • SUPER-SAVER PACKS: We have put together super-saver packs, 500 GMs, of our best-selling spices, for large families and cooking enthusiasts. Get the most of Meghalaya's finest spices.
  • Price Ranges: ₹599 – ₹799/- only

Use Code: SUPER20 to get 20% OFF on orders above Rs. 2,000/-

We offer easy payment methods, you can either choose to pay at the time of delivery or choose to pay online.

If you place an order today, your products will arrive to you within 7 to 14 days.

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From Farmers to You

Located at the source, the rich natural region of Meghalaya, Zizira partner directly with farmers of Meghalaya to bring you pure, naturally grown, and high-quality products to your doorstep.

Dried Bay Leaf

The Indian bay leaf known as 'tamala' or 'tej patta' in Hindi is an endemic spice in most Indian cuisines.

The khasi people of Meghalaya, call it 'sla tyrpad'. It grows wild in the remote jungles of Meghalaya. Currently we are sourcing our bay leaves from a village call Pyrnai. It is located in Pynursla, East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya.

The farmers of this village go to the jungles and collect the bay leaves and carry them on their backs to the markets.

Flavour

The bay leaf from Meghalaya has a distinctive fragrance and flavor that you can use to spice up your savoury and sweet dishes.

If you smell a dried bay leaf, you might not get as much aroma as you would. But this does not mean there is no flavour in it. When the leaves are added into water, soup, or another cooking liquid, it develops an almost minty flavour (somewhere between spearmint and menthol).

Long Pepper

Piper longum or Long pepper is a popular spice of Meghalaya. It is known as "Pippali" in Sanskrit and in our local language Khasi, it is known as "Sohmarit khlaw".

It is referred to as long pepper as the fruits are long and slender and look a little like dried green chillies as the spikes on its surface looks like a rough-skinned version of chilli peppers.

This dried Piper Longum is sourced from the southern slopes of the pristine hills of Meghalaya, a village called Pynursla. Farmers here use traditional methods of cultivation where they handpicked spikes of dried Piper longum. It is harvested at maturity when it turns dark green in colour and dried in the sun before storage.

Flavour  

Long pepper has a bitter, spicy and warming taste which is perhaps due to the presence of volatile content such as piplatine, piperlonguminine, piperine and other unique chemical components. 

It also has a complex mix of flavours like the earthiness of nutmeg, sweet note of cardamom and cinnamon, the spiciness of chillies, the heat of black pepper and a slight tongue-numbing taste, somewhat like that of winged prickly ash or szechuan pepper.

Black Pepper

Known as the king of spices, black pepper is widely loved and extensively used by people all over the world.  It is a common household spice in many Indian homes used for generations as a seasoning as well as for traditional healing.

Black pepper’s signature aroma emanates from the berries of the tropical Piper nigrum vine, one among the thousand species of the Piperaceae family. Our Piper nigrum – literally black pepper – is a stout and woody vine, with nodes at intervals from which roots spring out.

The favorable factors of the Northeast’s hilly terrain make for excellent growing areas for black pepper for more than just consumption in our farmers homes. It is known as 'Sohmrit' in Khasi local language.

Flavour  

Black pepper also has a unique pungent taste with a distinct and earthiness flavour. It has woody, piney, and sharp taste, all at the same time. There is a distinct and a certain earthiness to the flavour of black pepper.

Szechuan Pepper

Szechuan pepper or winged prickly ash is an essential spice used in Asian cuisines. It is known for the mouth-tingling sensation. It leaves and its fragrant aroma, which resembles that of lavender.

It is hard to guess its unique taste from this description! Nothing like trying it yourself!

Szechuan pepper is also one the exotic Asian five-spice powder that includes spices like star anise, fennel, clove, and cinnamon.

Our farmers harvest the pepper when it still has a pinkish-red husk. They are then sun-dried till it turns brown. Once dried, the farmers then separated the spikes and made ready for storage.

Flavour  

The aroma Szechaun peppercorn is similar to that of lavender.

When consumed, the first taste is bitter, then a numbing heat is sensed, followed by citrus flavour. This spice is famous for the powerful numbing sensation it causes around the mouth.

Taste and experience the unique taste of Szechuan pepper while flavouring your delicious dishes.

Lakadong Turmeric Powder

Lakadong Turmeric is a special variety of turmeric that grows in Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya. It is known for its medicinal qualities. The Curcumin content in Lakadong Turmeric is between 7 to 9% (last test 2020), which is one of the highest, as against a mere 2 to 3% in most varieties of turmeric.

Curumin is a component present in turmeric and gives turmeric it's bright yellow color and its incredible medicinal properties. Curcumin content determines the value of turmeric. So, the higher the curcumin content the more the turmeric is valuable.

Zizira sourced the turmeric directly from our farmer partners who organically grow them in their family farm. It is pure & tested free of chemical pesticides.

Flavour  

Lakadong turmeric has a bright yellowish-orange colour, fresh with strong earthy and subtly flavour filled with a pleasant fruity aroma that makes it one of the finest turmerics in the world and health watchers' favourite.

Turmeric is known around the world as a natural remedy for various diseases. Try out this special turmeric that comes from the family farms of Meghalaya and enjoy its health benefits

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Uses of Dried Bay Leaf

Bay leaves is rich in various nutrients and minerals such as Vitamin A and C along with folic acid (a type of vitamin B) makes it a highly beneficial herb.

  • Bay leaves are used to season many dishes like soup, stew, rice. It enhances the flavour of these dishes. The key is to have at least a little liquid for the bay leaf to infuse and heat to get the process going. In the Khasi cooking style, the bay leaf is usually slightly burnt at the tip and then added to hot oil along with other spices. You can also use it for flavouring your teas and 'masala chais'.
  • Try pickling vegetables with bayleaves. Place the water, vinegar and olive oil in a large saucepan and heat (do not boil) – add the vegetables and keep simmering for 15 minutes. Take a saucepan off the heat and add the bay leaves, garlic. Mix everything and pour to glass jars. Seal it and let it sit for a few days.
  • Bay leaf infused oil, can be used on your skin, because bay leaf is known to relieve pain and aches It helps warm and improve circulation.
  • Bay leaf as it promotes circulation, it can encourage hair growth and general health of the hair and scalp. It can applied as an infused oil. For a deep treatment, leave it overnight with a shower cap and wash off in the morning.

Shelf-life

Dried bay leaves can last for 1-3 years if they are properly stored. The leaves do not get spoilt, but they will start to lose their potency and aroma with time. Here are a few simple steps to follow in order to retain the aroma and benefits of bay leaves for a longer duration.

Uses of Long Pepper

  • Long pepper was once widely used in cooking, even in ancient Rome, to induce a pungent taste to various dishes. There seems to be a renewed interest in piper longum owing to its unique flavour and taste. The taste lingers in the tongue. The spikes of long pepper are ground or broken into coarse pieces and added to soups, stews, roasts, and curries.
  • Like black pepper, piper longum is also used by the people in Northeast India to spice up pickles and preserves, giving them a distinctive aroma and flavour. 
  • Long pepper can be ground into a fine powder or a coarser form. Put it in a pepper shaker and apply it liberally to burgers, steaks, burritos, vegetables, curries, salads, etc.
  • Powder it and eat with a teaspoon of honey as it is known to relieve indigestion.

Shelf-life

Our Long pepper can last for twelve months if it is properly stored. It does not get spoilt, but it will start to lose its potency with time and will not flavour or show its benefits as intended.

Uses of Black Pepper

  • Black pepper is more than just a kitchen staple but is used medicinally in ancient medicines. It has several good nutrients and vitamins. The active component, piperine, is known for various health benefits.
  • In northeast India it is also used to spice up pickles and curries giving them a distinctive aroma and flavour.
  • While black pepper is great to add flavour to your meals, most people use it to relieve sinus infections, make healthy hot soups and add a lot of black pepper.
  • Add to salad dressings with salt, olive oil and cider vinegar.

Shelf-life

Black pepper can last for twelve months if it is properly stored. The fruits do not get spoilt, but it will start to lose their potency with time and will not flavour or show its benefits as intended.

Uses of Szechuan Pepper 

Szechuan pepper: Crush the peppercorns to fine powders and sprinkle them in your biryanis, curries, chutneys, and soups.

  • Blend the powder with some salt and black pepper and rub in on the chicken or any meat to marinate it.
  • Blend it with some salt and sprinkle it over fried chicken or any of your fried dishes.
  • Mix it into mayonnaise and use it for making your salads or sandwich spread.
  • Melt butter and add powdered Szechuan to it along with some shrimp. Sauté it until the shrimp becomes pink and firm. Add this to your vegetable salad.
  • Blend powdered Szechuan with some tomato sauce/paste, cumin powder, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Sauté some chicken cubes in oil with some garlic. Add the tomato paste and heat it. Add some chicken broth to it to lower the consistency of the broth. Serve this with some bread, buns, pasta, or rice.

Shelf-life

Szechuan peppercorn can last for twelve months if it is properly stored. The powder does not get spoilt, but it will start to lose its potency with time and will not flavour or show its benefits as intended.

Uses of Lakadong Turmeric Powder

You can use Lakadong turmeric for cooking and to make healthy drinks. Lakadong turmeric with hot water and lemon or a pinch of black pepper can be had first thing in the morning to improve immunity.

  • Golden milk: Infuse turmeric in boiling milk along with other spices like cinnamon, black pepper to extract the goodness of curcumin in the turmeric. Black pepper helps the body to absorb curcumin better
  • Golden honey: Turmeric is used to avoid certain sicknesses like the flu and cold. Mix turmeric powder and raw honey for a perfect Golden Honey remedy.
  • Create your own Turmeric Tea for healthy tea: Add 1tsp of Turmeric powder, 1/4 tsp of Black pepper powder to a cup of boiling water. 1 tsp of virgin coconut oil, 3 slices of raw ginger and cinnamon for flavour. Stir them together and enjoy your cup of turmeric tea.

Shelf-life

Our Lakadong turmeric can last for 1-2 years if it is properly stored. The powder does not get spoilt, but it will start to lose its potency with time and will not flavour or show its benefits as intended.

Pure, Unadulterated. Traditionally Grown Herbs Spices of Meghalaya

At Zizira, we believe there are undiscovered treasures in the hills of Meghalaya. Abundant rainfall, rich soil, high altitude, hilly terrain, fresh air and clean water. These natural conditions, combined with traditional farming methods, produce unusual plants and crops found in few places in the world.

If you’re looking for superior quality products from the hills of Meghalaya, your search ends here.

How We Work

Over the years, we have build up trusting relations with ethical farmers of Meghalaya. By partnering with farmers, we bridge the gap by selling their rich produce to urban customers across India. We deeply care about where each and every ingredient we use comes from and give utmost importance to providing pure and safe products to our customers.

Try out our products and experience the care that comes from a customer-centric brand.

Choose from These 5 Natural Herbs and Spices

Use Code: SUPER20 to get 20% OFF on orders above Rs. 2,000/-

Zizira Long Pepper | 500g

Rs. 799

Zizira Dried Bay Leaves | 500g

Rs. 599

*comes in a box

Zizira Black Pepper | 500g

Rs. 799

Zizira Szechuan Pepper | 500g

Rs. 799

7-9% Curcumin Lakadong Turmeric Powder | 500g

Rs. 1,099

FAQs

To provide our customers with the best products, we make sure to select the absolute best ingredients with maximum quality. Both our team and our farmer partners share the same mission and we prioritize on the long-term health of the land. The land is free from all unwanted artificial additives such as pesticides, chemical fertilizers and insecticides resulting in safe and pure ingredients.

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We maintain credible, high standard quality maintenance without excuses. We understand that the choices we make, who we work with, partner with, what and how we serve can make a difference. We believe that our continued effort and diligent work will contribute to the health of our customers, to the prosperity of the farmers as they revive and regenerate traditional farming practices.

Here are a few simple steps to follow in order to retain the aroma and benefits of these spices for a longer duration.

  • Store them in an airtight container and remember to close the lid of the container tightly as soon as you finish using it.
  • Before storing these spices in airtight containers, make sure the container is thoroughly dried because the presence of moisture will cause the leaves to develop molds and damage the other leaves as well.
  • Coloured bottles are a better option to store these spices as they protect them from direct sunlight. If you are using clear containers, remember to store it in closed cabinets or wall racks which do not receive direct sunlight.
  • Store the container away from stoves, ovens, windows and do not keep it on the top of a refrigerator because the heat emitted from them causes the spices to lose its strength and volatile content.

About Zizira

At Zizira, we believe there are undiscovered treasures in the hills of Meghalaya. Abundant rainfall, rich soil, high altitude, hilly terrain, fresh air and clean water. These natural conditions combined with traditional farming methods produce unusual plants and crops found in few places in the world. Zizira's hunt for these treasures covers what is considered by some to be 'the richest most biodiverse region in India'.

Located at the source, the rich natural region of Meghalaya, Zizira partner directly with farmers of Meghalaya to bring you pure, naturally grown, and high-quality products to your doorstep.

While you enjoy our flavorful products daily, be reminded of the importance of good farming methods. We are working hard to not only give you authentic products but to also work together with small family farmers in Meghalaya.

When you buy Zizira's products, together we create the process of regenerative and sustainable farming.

All our products come from small family farms in Meghalaya, run by honest, hard-working women & men. Our farmers, and their families, are the first consumers of the products we sell. The care & nourishment, we associate in the food our parents give us - at Zizira our endeavor to add that love in every pack of products you get from our shop.

Over 15,000+ conscious consumers, across India, have used our herbs, spices, honey, tea & more. While providing you pure and nutrient rich products, we are also available to listen to your queries and concerns. We go to great length to make sure your requests are fulfilled and that you are 100% satisfied.

Try out Zizira and be surprised at the quality and taste of products from Meghalaya.

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