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Exploring Indian Food

Let the warm, complex flavors of Indian food shake up winter-dinner doldrums.

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No country uses a wider range of spices in its cuisine than India. Those spices give Indian food its distinctively complex fragrance and flavor, but they can seem like a bit of a hurdle for folks who haven’t cooked Indian food at home. But the most common Indian spices can be found in grocery stores—the difference is how they’re combined and used in recipes. Learn how to buy and store spices, toast whole spices, and make a spice-infused oil. And if you want to explore even further, we’ve asked our editors to pick some of their favorite Indian cookbooks.

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