Indian Made Easy

You don't need a pantry full of spices to prepare an exotic Indian meal

What if we told you that you needed only six spices, many of which you may already have in your pantry, to make delicious, authentic Indian recipes? You’d be as amazed as we were when we taste-tested a selection of recipes from The Indian Vegan Kitchen: More Than 150 Quick and Healthy Homestyle Recipes, by Indian cuisine expert and registered dietitian Madhu Gadia. “I didn’t try to simplify recipes, this is how I cook all the time,” Gadia explains. “I use just a few spices to enhance the flavors of food, and less is often more.”


Black-Eyed Pea Dip

Stuffed Cauliflower

Okra and Onions

Onion-Stuffed Flat Bread (pictured)

6 Spice Essentials

You don’t need a superexotic spice collection to make Madhu Gadia’s aromatic Indian dishes. None of these recipes call for more than these six staples:

1. Whole cumin seeds

2. Ground coriander

3. Cayenne pepper

4. Ground turmeric

5. Garam masala

6. Amchoor