I've enjoyed my new spices from India very much. I've made several recipes this year, in which, everyone in the family approved.
The above is chicken marinading in sauce. The recipe is called Chicken Makhani; recipe follows.
For wet or liquid items I use this little handy food processor. I use it for onion, tomato, cilantro leaves, chilies, garlic; basically anything damp.
For dry ingredients I found a used coffee grinder and labeled it "spice grinder," so it would only be used for my herbs and spice seeds.
It does a fine job. I love it. Another option is a mortar and pedestal, which pharmacists have commonly used, and many Indian cooks use.
Many of my spices brought back from my husband's trip are labeled like this and I did not know what they were. I Googled them and found a name I recognised.
I then labeled my package so that I would remember what it was in English.
Some of the recipes call for toasting the seeds. I tried this on medium heat and waited for the aroma to be released. Some of the seeds popped like popcorn.
This cumcumber salad is a tasty way to cool your tongue when eating the delicious spicy foods of India. This one is on the menu at our favorite Indian restaurant.
Recipe for Chicken Makhani, also known as Butter Chicken I hope the link works. I can't seem to figure out how to put a youtube video on my post. For the cumber salad I used: One English cucumber sliced thin peel on, thin sliced fresh onion, two tomatoes seeded and chopped, two cups of plain yogurt, salt and pepper, a few minced mint leaves or cilantro, 1 tsp. lemon or lime juice, 1/2 tsp toasted cumin seeds. Stir together and let sit one or more hours. "Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank." Genesis 26:30 I have also found a video for Vindaloo Chicken, in which vindaloo is the hottest of the curries. If you would like to try cooking something different, my best advice is to visit a restaurant over and over again so that you know how the recipe should taste. I asked my restaurant if I could have one of their paper menues, so that I could look the recipe up in cookbooks or Internet. Ask questions about the ingredients. Search the Internet for recipes, buy the spices and go for it.