Garam Masala with Nigella Sativa Seeds
Indian spices are the soul of every dish in my book. Indian spices are not expensive, but they are necessary. You may cut the spices down to reduce the hotness, but it is highly suggested that you do your best to find the proper spices when cooking. Sometimes I do adjust the spices, such as finding curry leaves is nearly impossible here in Jordan. Jalapeno peppers can be exchanged with hot red chilies. If you have access to an Indian spice shop, then treasure the day and stock up. Here is one simple spice that is imperative when cooking Indian food. Make it homemade and you will never regret your decision.
Garam Masala Spice Mix