Pantry: Indian Essentials

For easy Indian cooking at home start with these basic pantry ingredients.
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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

  • Turmeric

  • 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 
Indian Pantry 
Basmati rice 
Cardamom 
Cinnamon sticks 
Cloves (whole) 
Coriander seed 
Curry powder 
Garam masala 
Garlic 
Ginger 
Green chiles (fresh) 
Lentils (red, yellow, black) 
Oil 
Peppercorns 
Red chiles (dried) 
Saffron 
Spice grinder 
Turmeric

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