Ethnic cuisines have very specific flavors and condiments that go with their signature dishes. An easy way to break into a new cuisine is to experiment with their condiments! Just take a look at different sauces, dips and spreads from the cuisine you have interest in, pick up a piece of your favorite bread, pita, or naan, and have a taste! By making something in a small batch it's easier to gain confidence as you start to get a feel for the new flavors, spices and groceries coming into your kitchen.
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