If you had to describe Indian food, what words would you use? Flavorful? Bold? Spicy? All of the above?

The thing I love about Indian food is the wealth of spices used in the cuisine. What I learned is that in Los Angeles, as in most of the United States, Indian food is “dumbed down.” It tends to be more one-dimensional than what you’d get in its native country.

The quality of the spices is key when cooking Indian. According to Chef Carol, you could spend a lifetime learning about the seasonings of Indian cuisine. You can get some spices in the regular grocery store, but to get good quality spices and a bigger selection, try mail order. Also find out how the spices are warehoused, as they should be temperature controlled.