Indian cooking 101: Know your ingredients
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This is the first of a series of educational posts on Indian cooking. Learning how to cook Indian food is futile if you don’t familiarize yourself with the major ingredients used across cuisines in the country.
Indian cooking requires some basic ingredients that are extremely versatile. If you have these in your pantry you can whip up a quick Indian dish in no time. You can easily find them at any Indian grocery store and fortunately they are readily available in the ethnic foods section of most grocery stores (I have seen them at both Rainbow and Cub).
1. Knowing your Lentils, Pulses & Beans
I just found a great web page detailing the common types of Lentils, Pulses and Beans used in Indian cooking. It’s short and interesting and gives a basic overview of this nutritious and essential part of Indian food.
2. Must-have spices & Grains
Red Chilli powder
Garam Masala (concoction of several spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom)
Green chillies (thinner than the Mexican ones)
Black Mustard seeds
Fenugreek seeds (Methi seeds)
Ghee (clarified butter)