$8.00 – $12.00
This powdered gum resin is used in Indian cooking. It has a foul smell, but when cooked it takes on an onion/garlic/leek flavor. Known as food of the Gods, it is also said to aid with digestion.
Asafoetida (Hing) is often used as an onion/garlic substitute in Indian dishes. Use sparingly–a little goes a long way. This blend uses Fenugreek as a processing agent rather than the more commonly found wheat.
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Nigella (Black Cumin)$6.00 – $20.80
Nijella – the seeds of Nigella sativa – are also known as kalonji or black cumin. Used primarily as a spice in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines.
Use in curries and salads or with vegetables, legumes, and poultry. Nigella adds flavors akin to onion, black pepper and oregano with a mustard-like bitterness.
Cardamom Seed$10.00 – $15.00
Part of the ginger family, Cardamom means grains of paradise. Historically, Cardamom has been used to flavor foods, as an ingredient in perfumes, and even for medicinal purposes.
Known for its sweet and spicy taste, Cardamom seed is used equally in sweet dishes such as breads and cakes and in savory dishes such as meats and curries. Use in baked goods, sprinkle on oatmeal, ice cream, or iced melon, and add to curry. Cardamom has a sharp aroma and distinctive flavor that can be compared to anise or eucalyptus. For a Middle Eastern treat, sprinkle in your coffee.
Tandoori Seasoning$7.75 – $24.80
Named after the clay ovens or tandoors used in Northern India and Pakistan, this exotic spice blend can be used as a dry rub for grilling veggies, chicken or fish or as the base flavor in a traditional marinade with yogurt and lemon (recipe on label). Dry rub for meats, poultry or fish, or mix 1-2 T with 1 cup plain yogurt & 2-3 T lemon juice for marinade. Marinate overnight; grill at high heat. Hand blended in small batches with: cumin, coriander, ginger, garlic, turmeric, fenugreek, mace, pepper, cardamom, and cinnamon.
Galangal$6.50 – $20.80
While used for centuries as a culinary spice, Galangal root was also used in folk magic. It was believed that chewing the root and spitting on the courtroom floor was the way to win a court case.
A relative of Ginger, Galangal has a strong citrus flavor with a peppery hot finish. Use in Thai soups and curries. It can also be finely chopped and pounded for use in pastes and teas.
Sea Salt, Kala Namak (Black Salt)$5.50 – $8.25
Popularly called “black salt,” this Indian mineral salt has a pinkish-grey color and a sulfurous taste. Commonly used in Indian cuisine as a condiment and as an ingredient in raitas, chaats, and chutneys.