Spices can do wonders in any kind of cooking. Some of the essential spices that I use in my kitchen – cumin, coriander, mustard seeds, turmeric powder, chili powder, fennel, cinnamon, star anise and cloves. Spices are a must especially if you want to master the art of Indian cooking. Most people shun away from trying Indian cooking because they think it is tough and troublesome, with the all the spices, blending and chopping involved. But let me tell you, it’s not as difficult as it might have seemed. The spices that is always in an Indian dish are cumin, mustards seeds, coriander, turmeric and chili powder. Once you have these few spices, you are ready to explore further.
I made a potato and eggplant curry tonight for dinner, following Manjula’s Aloo Baingan recipe to the dot, and it tasted heavenly. If you are interested in exploring Indian vegetarian cooking, Manjula’s site is a great place to start. Her recipes are simple and healthy, vegetarian cooking at its best. Her dishes are a great example of how with some spices, you could transform a dish into something fabulous.
Spices are a natural flavor and color for food, it could be a dried seed, fruit, bark or a leaf. Some of these spices are also used for medicinal purposes, for perfume or cosmetics. Spices are different from herbs, which usually derive from leaves and other green plants.
When I make an Indian recipe, I always make it from scratch and never buy bottled curry paste or sauces. So it is very healthy and wholesome. Try Manjula’s Aloo Baingan recipe and let me know what you think, the only modification I made to her recipe is adding garlic and onions, which I think adds an extra kick to the dish.