When cooking Indian food, the inviting aroma of spices fills the air. The pairing of fresh ingredients and traditional flavors creates a meal that excites the senses. Each recipe in this menu uses a delicious blend of spices, including mace—the ground-up covering of the nutmeg seed. (Traditional nutmeg spice is derived from the seed itself.) Mace was once commonly used for dishes such as apple pie, pudding, and custard. It has a bit of a cinnamon and pepper flavor and can be used in sweet or savory recipes. Today, nutmeg is more popular than mace; however, mace is still used in many Indian recipes and can be found in most major markets. If your local market doesn’t carry it, turn to specialty suppliers or online retailers. Some of the following recipes can be made last minute and others are a bit more time-consuming. Regardless, all of these recipes are prepared to please with sweet and spicy fragrances, jewel-tone colors, and delicious flavors.

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