Basic Spice. Don't be mislead by the term "basic" here. It doesn't mean ordinary, it means you cannot do without it! It is basically one of the most essential spices present in an Indian kitchen and anyone else's who aspires to cook with flavor. I cannot count the ways this spice has been manipulated and used in the preparation of some of the best dishes in cuisines from all over the world, including the NickyDi's Pasta Sauce Mix.