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If you’re just beginning to cook Indian food, you will need some essential spices for Indian cooking.
I tend to buy small packets of spices because if you don’t use them that often they can go stale.
Except for ground coriander as you do use much more of this than most other spices as if you don’t use them that often they can go stale.
Cumin powder and seeds
Chili powder (You can replace with green chilies if you must)
Dried red chilies
Black pepper - whole and course ground
Also, these are very commonly used ingredients
Green chili peppers
Once you have these in your pantry you have the true basics
These spices are available in Asian Stores or in the larger supermarkets although its usually a lot cheaper buying from the Asian Stores.