But let me explain.
Recently I finished reading "The Hundred Foot Journey" -- perhaps you saw the movie with Helen Mirren -- in which an Indian boy's family moves to France and eventually opens an Indian restaurant. He speaks fondly of the aromas and spices of his birth country's meals.
And then I watched "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel". Situated in India.
A few days later as I was thinking about the evening's meal preparation, I remembered having purchased a spice of Indian origin. And I had done nothing with it. Well, of course, with India on the brain, I had to dig that spice packet out and test its properties.
While sauteing carrots I added a gentle shake of the finely ground brown powder. It added just a touch of sweetness and perhaps smokiness. Definitely a yes.
Should I delve further into "exotic" spices?
With what spices have you experimented?