Thanks to the lengthy list of often unfamiliar ingredients, preparing Indian food at home can be daunting — especially if you don't do it often. You can't always find the right kind of fenugreek or cardamom at your local grocery store, after all.
If you have the option available, the best place to find all of those spices is your local Indian grocery store. But if your town doesn't have one, never fear — you can find everything you need online from Kalustyan's.
Kalustyan's has a long history in New York City. It opened in 1944, and has for many years been where New Yorkers — chefs included — get their spices for Indian cooking.
After the death of the founder, the new owners expanded the offerings to include a wider range of spices from a variety of cuisines. And thanks to their online store, you can benefit from their selection no matter where you live.
If you're just getting started with Indian cooking, there are a few basics you should stock up on, and Kalustyan's has them all.