Kitchen Essentials for Indian Cooking

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Diwali known as the “Festival of Lights” is coming up, November 14th, actually. And, this special festival makes me think of my mother, and in particular her cooking. On this special day, our homes are illuminated with little lamps and the kitchen is abuzz with activity. When I was a kid, I would walk into the house, welcomed by the smell of my Mom’s rotis. She quickly rolled the Indian flat bread one after the other, slathering each piping hot wheat sphere with generous amounts of butter quickly pooling on their surface. We used the rotis to scoop up fragrant vegetable curries flavored with a myriad of spices from cumin to turmeric and chili powder. Mom and my Grandmother made cooking look easy. When I started also cooking, I realized there were some kitchen essentials I needed for my Indian cooking.

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