This is my contribution to Susan’s weekly Black and White Wednesday event. It is a picture of dried red cherry chilies and cumin seeds–one of my favorite things to temper my Indian dishes with.

This is my everyday spice box–phodnicha daba, as we’d call it in Marathi. All families have their own selection of spices that they use for everyday cooking. Mine contains mustard seeds, cumin seeds, split black gram daal, red chilies, fenugreek seeds, turmeric, and asafetida. (I have another similar box for ground spices.)
Cumin seeds
Dried red chilies  
Ground turmeric      
Mustard seeds