I posted earlier on these forums with the following "base" recipe: The stove is on full: Mustard + Cumin seeds are added to oil Diced Garlic and ginger are added when the mustard seeds stop popping 30 seconds later one chopped Onion is added to the mix Once the onion caramalises, I add 1/3 chopped capsicum (known as "bell pepper" in America) and one chopped carrot (small pieces) I now turn the stove down to a low heat. I got some really good feedback. In particular, I now use coriander seeds in my cooking as well. As well as increasing the overall amount "flavour-giving" ingredients. I recently started adding 10 fenugreek seeds along with the mustard and cumin. I have not really noticed a difference in flavour. Now I am looking for a different flavour. Does anyone have any good ideas to make a new base recipe? Is base recipe even a term used in cooking? I also bought some fennel powder but have no idea what to do with it. Any ideas would be appreciated. Would fennel powder go with the above base recipe I gave? I have already tried it - but can't tell what is giving my food the taste. It could be improving my food, but it could be doing nothing, or making it less tasty. I would not know. Thanks for any help.