Most people have their favorite Indian spot down the road, across town, or even an hour or two away that they will visit. Good Indian food is something that we look forward to, save our appetites for, and relish in a way very different to contemporary American fare. The tangy, spicy, creamy, puffy, crunchy, soft, brittle, grainy, and succulent tastes and textures are like a festival for the senses and if you have a great spot, seem to be made with love, or soul, or something that goes beyond simply food and spices. Indian food is an art that some master beautifully, and if you can start to make some on your own, you will find yourself delving deeper into the art of Indian cooking, making big batches and inviting friends and family over to delight in your new passion. To get started, here are a few Indian staple recipes that will make you proud.