Before you start cooking Indian food, you should get familiar with cooking terms, and basics, like spices and masala blends, tempering oil, and frying onions. You will be surprised how very few things you actually need to start cooking Indian food dishes.

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Find out which spices you need to create an authentic Indian meal.

This Indian food glossary provides terms, descriptions and photos of ingredients used in Indian kitchen.

As there are often a lot of ingredients in a recipe, it is a good idea to measure them out and have them ready before you begin to cook, so that you are not held up looking for things at a crucial moment.

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No Indian table is complete without chutneys, providing extra flavor or piquancy. Chutneys — thick, sweet or sour, mild or hot are without doubt favorite accompaniment in every Indian regional cuisine.

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To add flavor to cooking, spices can be added to oil. Every region of India has its favorite oils, many of which not only provide fat for searing and sizzling but also infuse flavor, making dish to taste diffrent.

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Raita is yogurt based condiment mixed with vegetables, fruits. It is seasoned usually with spices like roasted ground cumin or along with some herbs. In India yogurt is relished at all the meals.

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