Indian Essentials: What is Tamarind?

Used extensively in Sth Indian and SE Asian cooking, the brittle, dark brown pod of the tamarind tree, a tall shade tree, contains a sour fleshy pulp that adds a pungent, sour, lemony sourness to many dishes.

Indian Essentials: Fenugreek

Fenugreek was known as “Greek Hay” to the Romans. It is an unusual Asiatic herb with aromatic and bitter seeds.

Indian Essentials: What is Raggi Flour | Millet Flour

Raggi is also known as finger millet, and it is a popular cereal grown in Africa, India and Asia. Native to the Ethiopian Highlands, it was introduced to India 4,000 years ago and is now grown in the Himalayas.

Spices: Kalonji | Nigella Seed | Charnushka

There is a lot of confusion about the name of this spice. It is variously referred to as black cumin (shar, or kala jeera), black caraway because of its usage with caraway seed in Jewish rye breads, and black onion seeds due to its similarity to onion seed.