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. Spice mixes can be complicated, but they DO NOT need to be. Indeed, most of my recipes call for only a handful. Every region has their flavor combinations, and spice blends are as much an art as a science. Blending together different spices brings out each other's flavorings. Also, it is worth to know that spices used in South of India differ from the one used in the North. Also, the spices used in vegetarian cooking differ from those used in meat based dishes. So, there will be always different variants in each case and also depending on the cooking preferences and individual palates.
Indian cuisine is not only tasty but also very healthy. Herbs and spices have traditionally been used to treat diseases for thousands of years. They add flavor and nutrients to dishes without fat or calories. Vegetables, plant-based proteins, whole grains, milk and spices contain essential micro-nutrients and vitamins that produce antioxidants which are good for heart, blood pressure and diabetes.
Side dishes are an important part of every Indian meal. There are so many options out there! We rounded up some of our favorite sides, recipes and all, so you can enjoy your next BBQ or just 'get together" and stay on the healthy path without sacrificing flavor.