There's no doubt about it, life is hectic for most people. I for one, am always looking for ways to be more organized, get more done, cut the clutter out of my life and honestly, often that means I need to take shortcuts. This includes cooking!
Unless it's unhealthy to eat - like sodium-laden pre-cooked meals or oily pre-made pastes - I stock up on stuff that will help me throw together a quick meal when I am just too tired or busy to stand in the kitchen for hours! One of the items I buy often, is spice mixes or masalas. It is proof of the way times have changed, that the market these days, is full of really good choices. These masalas are pre-blended to produce the 'just-right' taste of many popular Indian dishes, so that all you often have to do, is add them to the main ingredient and stir-fry or boil!
Having said that, nothing beats homemade and prepared from scratch! I love to make my own masalas and ever so often that is exactly what I do. Do you make your own masalas? Here are the recipes to some that I make very often in my kitchen....
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