Pantry: Indian Essentials
Indian food has a variety of different flavor profiles, depending on the subcontinent. For basic dishes, the following ingredients are good to have on hand:
- Onions, garlic and fresh ginger
- Mustard seeds
- Garam masala
- Frozen samosas
Indian cooking features onions, garlic and fresh ginger, ground together to make a paste, then sautéed to release the aromas. Garam masala (literally "hot spices") is a common Indian blend; it's actually the authentic version of curry powder (which Indians don't use). Frozen samosas are the perfect short-order snack; buy them in specialty supermarkets and fry them straight out of the freezer.
More Indian Pantry Ingredients
Green chiles (fresh)
Lentils (red, yellow, black)
Red chiles (dried)
Traditionally, the main meal in Italy is a lengthy affair, composed of a number of small courses. Dishes typically are relatively simple, with seasonal and fresh ingredients.