The Old Delhi spice market is a Mecca of sorts. It’s a cooks dream to walk amongst the burlap sacks bulging with fresh, vibrant, aromatic spices. Red chilis, whole turmeric, coriander, cumin and more. You have to cover your mouth with a scarf, but you still cough anyway.
It’s an ancient place with a timeless quality, a vortex of sorts. Trade was born here and prices are set here for the world market. Sacks and sacks go off on the backs and heads of men to who knows where.
Chilis are integral to Indian cooking. They bring not only fire, but flavor as well. I like to have a variety of chilis, just like a collection of salts or olive oils. It keeps things lively in the kitchen.
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