Cinnamon is a spice which originally came from the bark of ‘Cinnamomum verum’ trees which are grown in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cinnamon or Dalchini is used since the time of Ancient Eygpt. Cinnamon is extracted from inner bark of the tree and then crushed into powder when dried. The spice is flavorful with a sweet-spicy fragrance. There are two main types of cinnamon, namely Ceylon and Cassia but majority grocery stores sell Cassia only as Ceylon grows primarily in Sri Lanka and is a rare spice. Dalchini powder can be used in desserts as well as curries. It can be sprinkled on rusk, batter of waffles and cakes. Curries like paneer, mushroom, dal makhani will probably enhance taste with dalchini powder.
Dalchini (Cinnamon) powder is well-known for its medicinal use for thousands of years. There is no such side effect of this powder unless taken in large quantity. It is useful in treating respiratory illnesses and digestive problems. Dalchini powder lowers the cholesterol levels of patients having diabetes. This powder when taken in appropriate manner can do wonders to those who are willing to lose weight. One teaspoon of cinnamon contains nearly 1.5 grams of fiber which can help to reach daily fiber goal. Other health benefit of dalchini powder is that is effective against multiple sclerosis and chronic wounds.