Sometimes I just get excited about food and feel the need to share... I think a big part of reconnecting to your food is taking time to really work with your ingredients. Although none of the ingredients here were local except the garlic, bay leaf, and carrot, I spent the time nourishing myself–a totally worthwhile endeavour. And should totally happen, wherever your ingredients are from.
I started by dry frying the crushed spices-cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, coriander seed, fenugreek, and peppercorns.
Beauty! Savour spices in their whole form–it elevates basic ingredients to heavenly heights!