Indian Spices 101: What Should Be In Your Kitchen

By Shireen Jamooji

Spices are the backbone of Indian cooking, and there are hundreds to choose from.  But which ones do you need to start your spice collection? Read on to find out.

Cumin Powder

Earthy and deep cumin adds a whole dimension to a dish and most Indian dishes feel incomplete without it.


Bright in every sense of the word, turmeric is one of the most commonly used ingredients. 

Chilli Powder

Mild Kashmiri Chilli or pungent Lal Mirch, chilli is a must have in any Indian kitchen.

Coriander Seeds

With a hint of citrus and earthiness coriander adds an extra earthiness to your dish.

Coriander Seeds

With a slight nuttiness and a unique crunch mustard seeds add a little something extra.