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Ankita Agarwal Eats and TreatsThere’s a lot of difference between the way Mom and I come up with our creations. The taste might be very similar, but the way it’s made is not. Mom likes to use the traditional way, even if it means spending the whole morning to make lunch. And don’t get me started on when we have one of those lavish dinner parties!

I, on the other hand, love to find the shortest and easiest routes to get to my destination! I try to make my life so much simpler by doing pre-preparation. There are many time savers, that when put together, makes cooking a breeze. And if you’re a believer of the old and traditional ways of cooking, I’ll encourage you to try out my recipes my way, and you’ll see that they are loaded with the same flavours.

Of the few complaints I get on Indian cooking, the one that stands most prominent is the myth that Indian cooking is just too hard. Yes, you heard me right, a myth! Now before you roll your eyes at me and say, yea sure, easy for you, you’re Indian!… just hear me out. True, I was born Indian in an Indian household with a Mom who cooks the most delicious Indian food I know. But truth be told, and as much as I would like to believe, I wasn’t born with Indian culinary instincts in me. Yes, like any of you not familiar with the South-Asian cuisine, I too started off without much knowledge.

Try as I might, somehow, I can’t convince people enough on just how simple and quick and not to mention, healthy, Indian food can be. So here is where my mind got to work. I thought why not start a cooking class, and if you will, introducing people to the simple basics of cooking Indian. A beginner’s course for all the eager enthusiasts willing to start from the top.

Must-haves in every Indian pantry:

Indian Spices Hindi Translations
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Coriander Powder
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Cumin Powder
  • Garam Masala
  • Chaat Masala
  • Dried Mango Powder
  • Dried Fenugreek Leaves
  • Whole Cumin Seeds
  • Fennel Seeds/Aniseeds
  • Mustard Seeds
  • Curry Leaves
  • Black Peppercorns
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Green Cardamom
  • Bay Leaves
  • Lal Mirch Powder
  • Dhania Powder
  • Haldi Powder
  • Jeera Powder
  • Garam Masala
  • Chaat Masala
  • Amchur Powder
  • Kasoori Methi
  • Sabut Jeera
  • Saunf
  • Rai
  • Kadi Patta
  • Sabut Kali Mirch
  • Laung
  • Sabut Dalchini
  • Hari Elaichi
  • Tej Patta