Friday, August 17, 2012

Coming Soon - Indian Cooking Adventures

On the Weight Watchers website, they feature a daily recipe.  One that caught my eye was for Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala. I love trying new foods from other cultures and Eric likes Indian food also.  It's healthy, to boot!

I did have a lot of the ingredients already. I am a big fan of Greek yogurt especially. However, I had some trouble finding the garam masala.  I looked at some local stores with no luck.

I was pricing out garam masala on Amazon (which I adore) and came across this beauty:

As the box says, there's 30 different spices inside that are perfect for using in Indian cooking.  I can't wait to try chicken vindaloo (thanks for that wish, Red Dwarf) and make my own coconut kurma.

It came today and I just HAD to blog about it.  My house now smells like these's that strong!  It's not a bad smell, mind you, just powerful.  You may want to keep the box inside a plastic bag, as one reviewer on Amazon suggest.

Inside, the spices are neatly arranged:

The lid has a listing of the placement of every spice.  Included are:
  • Ajwain
  • Asafetida
  • Black cumin seeds
  • Black mustard seeds
  • Black salt powder
  • Cardamon powder
  • Cardamon pods
  • Chile pepper flakes
  • Chile pepper powder
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cloves
  • Coriander powder
  • Coriander seeds
  • Cumin powder
  • Cumin seeds
  • Dried fenugreek herb
  • Fennel (anise) powder
  • Fennel (anise) seeds
  • Fenugreek seeds
  • Garam masala
  • Mango powder
  • Nigella seeds
  • Paprika
  • Pomegranate powder
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Tamarind
  • Tumeric
  • White pepper powder
  • White poppy seeds
  • Whole red chile peppers

I now have the garam masala!  You can get Shanti's Spice Box at Amazon for $29. I think that's a great deal considering how much it would cost to buy them separately.

What recipes should I try first?  Where do you get your spices?

1 comment:

Sunithi Selvaraj, RD said...

Yep ! That is a good price esp for so many spices. I'll admit with an Indian background and cooking Indian food quite often, even I don't use some of those spices. I get mine in bulk when I visit India & make my own garam masala and tandoori mixes using a coffee grinder. Will look forward to your adventures in Indian cooking and I have some healthy Indian recipes on my blog if you want to chcek sometime ;)Am going to bookmark this link so I can refer people to reasonably priced Indian spices. Thanks for sharing !!

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