Saffron

Saffron

Buying Quality is not tied to price.  Ask the shop owner if they will let you look at the saffron, just promise not to touch it. Superior saffron is varied in shades of pearly white, golden yellow and deep red. If you find long threads of uniform red, it has been...
My Indian Pantry

My Indian Pantry

The other day I was in the Indian grocery store and as I was rounding the corner into the aisle with spices of all colors and sizes stacked higher than I can even reach, I realized that shopping for new spices is my favorite part of going grocery shopping.  My pantry...
Turmeric

Turmeric

Turmeric.  The golden spice.  It can turn a dull looking dish into a colorful treat and it’s used in almost every recipe.  While it does not add any particular flavor, it’s the rich golden color that makes this spice so desirable.  It gives curries their...
Which Chilies?

Which Chilies?

Most people are attracted to Indian food for two reasons. Lots of flavor and lots of heat. Most of my cooking focuses on flavor, but if you want to get the heat, you should know a thing or two about chilies. There are all types of chilies to choose from but I wanted...
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