So I've made two Indian dishes from CI -- Indian curry and Tikka Masala -- and they were both just okay. No big flavors, just so so.
But I think it's me, not CI, because I've had at least one of these dishes at a friend's house, and they were amazing. He did say that he increased the spices, so when I made the indian curry I used double the spices. Totally uninteresting. Not much flavor at all.
Any ideas what I might be doing wrong? I followed the recipe exactly, aside from doubling the spices.
Do spices like cumin and tumeric and cardamom lose their flavor? They should be good spices, because I ordered them from penzeys. But they are a little old...
I'm feeling discouraged about my cooking skills, so I'd appreciate your thoughts!