I had a great experiance at a few local Indian restaurants and got me curious about some of the items they use in their food, the spices in particular has caught my attention. At 1 eatery, the rice was soooo flavorful. I'm having a hard time identifying what was in it. I did a google search under "Indian Spices" but seeing how I know very little of what to look for, I don't know how to begin. Some of the results also seem somewhat incomplete. I remember a bark like spice used in that rice dish that I'm assuming was used to flavor the rice the same way bay leaves or a cinnamon stick would but I havn't scene anything of a sort in my findings. Does anyone happen to have a good reference to Indian cooking or an online spice catalogue? This link was the best I could turn up.