Spice up your cooking life with classic Indian techniques that yield seductively fragrant, boldly flavored veggie dishes.
Mosaic of Flavors
Indian cuisine is multifaceted in part because it's meant for more than just nourishment. "It's a social act that binds communities together," says chef and cookbook author Suvir Saran, an expert on Indian home cooking. "To make that happen, you need a plethora of flavors and textures in the dishes."
Contrasts are a paramount concern. Cooks strive for a mix of crunchy, creamy, and tender textures; hot and cool temperatures; a vibrant spectrum of color; and flavor notes that span octaves from spicy to sour and salty to sweet.