Indian spices are readily available throughout the world. You can buy these items or follow my quick preparation methods to achieve a more authentic taste.

Lesson 1–Curry powder is not a part of my cuisine. It cannot be substituted in any of my recipes.

Before cooking any curry from this book, you will need to prepare or purchase some of the following basic ingredients. Doing this in advance will cut cooking time so a meal can be prepared more quickly.

All ingredients for Indian cooking have particular medicinal properties, and often dishes are blended to respond to particular illnesses. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian form of natural herbal medicine. Look up ayurveda on the Internet, and you will find a wealth of information. My father always said that Indian food was medicine for your soul and body. Modern science has begun accepting the positive effects of these herbs.

Known Antioxidants
Garlic, Fenugreek, Onions, Mint, Ginger, Tumeric, Coriander, Fennel, Cumin, and Anise

Known Foods that help with Hypertension
Garlic and Onions

Known Blood Clot Inhibitors
Garlic, Onions, and Ginger

Known Foods that improve Glucose and Insulin Activity
Fenugreek, Cinnamon, Onions, Cloves, Cumin, and Tumeric

Known Foods that reduce Cholesterol
Garlic and Fenugreek





Complimentary Recipes

Mixed Warm Spices (Garam Masala)

Coriander-Cumin Powder (Dhana-Jiru)

Fried Onions

Garlic Paste (Lasan)

Ginger Paste (Adrak)

Green Chilies (Lila Murcha)

Tamarind Sauce (Ambli)

Additional Ingredients