If you didn't grow up cooking Indian food, then it's sometimes a daunting cuisine to take on. But after living in India for a year I discovered that there are basics even non-Indians can master. The first secret is in cooking for a long time — Indian cuisine is all about developing the flavors and if you want a quick fix, then you shouldn't even start. The second secret is proper spices — don't take out ground cumin that's been sitting in your cabinet for months and don't buy a garam masala from a generic brand. Buy fresh cumin seeds, fresh coriander, and find a real spice market for an original garam masala blend.
This okra appetizer is a primer for anyone who wants to try cooking Indian food but is a bit hesitant. There's nothing complicated; you just have to leave time for simmering. Take it from a white girl who loves Indian food: You can do it!
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