As much as I love Indian food, it does come with a lot of baggage – meaning gadgetry, equipment, and ingredients needed to make a dish. My first kitchen was in a teeny tiny apartment in New York City. I quickly realized that I could only keep basic essentials. But what essentials did I need? This is where my absolutely fabulous Mummy came to the rescue. And this is where we will begin a three-part series of the essentials of the Indian kitchen.