Essentials for How to Make Indian Cuisine at Home


Let’s face it, exotic food such as Indian Cuisine can be difficult to cook at home.

However, instead of getting discouraged, we came up with a few essential spices you will need to avert the unfamiliar into becoming a total disaster. Owner of Saffron Indian Cuisine and professional chef, Sunil Handa, filled us in on the basics you’ll need to enjoy any Indian dish in the comfort of your home. 

How to Make Indian Cuisine – What You Need

  • Red Chili Powder
  • Cumin Powder
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Coriander Powder
  • Garam Masala
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Cilantro
  • Cloaves
  • Cinnamon
  • Small Green Cardamom
  • Bayleaf
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes

You can use these essential ingredients to help you cook the delicious Indian dish, Chicken Tikka Masala.

Want More Indian Cuisine Recipes?

Here are some books that we read and loved. Now, we’re not experts in making this food — we’ll admit that — but these books offered easy-to-follow instructions that made it simple for us to cook some really yummy dishes. A book like the Complete Book of Indian Cooking, may be more than you need to start out. You may just want to go for one of the other two books. But regardless, these texts inspired us to not only make Indian food in our home but also got our imaginations going for how to add a touch of Indian influence into our favorite American dishes.

Pizza with curried chicken and raisins? Oh, yeah…

Complete Book of Indian Cooking: 350 Recipes from the Regions of India
Madhur Jaffrey’s Quick & Easy Indian Cooking
From Mom with love: Complete Guide to Indian Cooking and Entertaining