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The Indian Spice Kitchen: Essential Ingredients and Over 200 Authentic Recipes by Monisha Bharadwaj

Indian cuisine is a swirl of textures and flavors, mysteriously fiery yet beautifully subtle. This richly produced, wonderfully readable cookbook, The Indian Spice Kitchen, written by the food consultant to the celebrated London restaurant, Bombay Brasserie, takes you on an unforgettable culinary journey along the spice routes of India with over 200 authentic recipes and stunning color photographs throughout. Simple step-by-step recipes, all adapted for the North American kitchen, allow the home chef to create delicious foods with precious saffron, aromatic tamarind, and delicately fragrant turmeric, mustard and chilies. The recipes are arranged by featured ingredient in a full range of soups, breads, vegetarian and meat dishes, beverages and desserts. Among those included are Lamb with Apricots, Cauliflower in Coconut and Pepper Sauce, and Nine Jewels Vegetable Curry.
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Indian Cooking At Home - Essential Spices

The 9 Essential Spices You’ll Need For Successful Indian Dishes

When I was growing up, one of my best friends lived two doors down from me. Whenever she came over, my parents always tried to get her to eat Indian food but she usually refused because she found it too spicy. Fast forward several years, and now this friend of mine has grown to love Indian food. When we happen to be in town at the same time she willingly eats and actually enjoys the Indian food at my house. Thus, to help her eat delicious Indian food, I decided to do a four part series on building an Indian pantry. India is a huge and diverse culinary country. My parents grew up 1 mile apart in the same city, yet the food in their houses is worlds apart.

Although there are many regional varieties of Indian food no surprise, given the size and diversity of the country , the warm, flavorful spices and seasonings are almost always front and center in Indian dishes. In Indian cooking, the fragrant flavor of cardamom is used, most often in the form of a green or black pod. From flavoring basmati rice to curries and stews, cardamom pods are an essential ingredient in the Indian pantry. They are commonly crushed to release flavor, then stirred into the dish during the cooking process to infuse their signature aroma into recipes like in this basic tikka masala recipe. If you have to swap in ground cardamom, remember that 10 pods is about equal to 1. Pro Tip: Cardamom is the perfect spice for fall.

For example, I use more cumin and coriander than any other single spices up to 2 TBSP each in a dish , so I buy those in 2 lb. This is much cheaper than buying small quantities from the little jars in the grocery store aisle! I also avoid buying spices that have been packaged and sitting in warehouses and on shelves for months. These pre-packaged spices become dull and bland as they sit in the plastic. But buying spices from a fresh, trusted source will guarantee robust and consistent flavor throughout your dishes.

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So you want to learn how to make Indian food, but… where to begin? What to buy? With that said, there are certain common ingredients, techniques, and preparations that tend to prop up quite ubiquitously across the country. For example, most regions will have their version of dal, a spiced lentil stew. Also, yogurt and rice are items that you can find widely across India. For more info on affiliate links on this site, click here. I greatly appreciate your support!

Indian food is a delicious mix for the senses: tantalizing aromas, vibrant colors, and of course those spicy, sweet, tangy flavors. But for the home cook, this cuisine can be daunting. This brings out the flavor of the spices and then enhances anything you add to them. Many Indian curries call for this strong, aromatic spice. You can find it as seeds or toasted and ground. Coriander Image: Flickr. Love Indian food?

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  1. When you are first exposed to Indian cuisine, the aromatic spices might seem overwhelming.

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