Aniseed, otherwise called star anise or anise alone is widely used in traditional Chinese Aniseed recipes. Chinese feel that it brings many health benefits like digestive issue relief, constipation relief, nausea and respiratory infection treatment. Further, another reason for its use in Chinese cuisine is that it makes a great addition to desserts and sweet dishes. Further, the Chinese use it because it adds great flavor to curries, soups and broths. It is added as an ingredient in traditional five-spice powder in Chinese aniseed home recipes. In the five-in spice powder, it is combined with other four spices namely cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon, and fennel. Also, they use it to infuse flavor into braised meats, herbal teas, poached fruit, and cocktails.
When you make the best aniseed recipes at home that should have a great aroma, you can use star anise similar to bay leaves. When you use it as a whole, you can simmer it in braises, stews and soups. You can get rid of it just before serving. Even after removing the aromas would have entered the dishes, thereby enhancing the aroma. You can ground star anise and can add the powder form of this spice in small quantities in baked foods. It will enhance the aroma of your food for sure. Remember not to add it too much as it can make your food bitter.