What are your favorite ingredients and tools? I grew up around the aroma of fresh ground and roasted spices and I cannot imagine cooking without them. There's nothing that smells better than fresh crushed coriander seeds or roasted cumin. A little bit of fennel makes everything tastes better. So you can say I love my masala dabba, or spice box! Indians love cooking from scratch. I guess we just never learned the short cuts. So whether its making your own fresh spice paste every day or soaking the beans a night before and then pressure cooking itthe next day, that's what we are used to doing. Considering that, I think the two kitchen tools I cannot imagine cooking without would be my mortar and pestle, which I use for crushing and grinding my spices, and my long trusted pressure cooker, the first thing my mom got me after I got married.