Clockwise from top right: ground coriander, black mustard seeds, turmeric, cumin seeds, ground cumin, ground red pepper. Center: Garam masala.
This weekend I attended an Indian cooking class. On the menu?
Shrimp fried in cream of wheat (that's right--cream of wheat!)
Avocado chutney and chips
Aloo gobi sabji
Cucumber salad with onions, tomatoes, and cilantro
Gajar ka halwa
Fresh fruit salad
Vanilla ice cream with fresh pureed mango
Chai spiced with ginger and cardamoms
It was a fun day, and a beautiful setting. We ate off banana leaves outside sitting on mats under a canopy of beautiful swaths of fabric.
The takeaway, aside from the recipes, is the spice tin pictured above. These fresh spices came straight from India and smell heavenly!