Love indian food? Try this new organic spice brand
If you ever get carried away, like I was, with an urge to make indian food, you now have the option of ordering pure and organic indian spice blends online that will serve your senses way more than any conventional brand.
In fact, my first chaat masala blend is en route in the mail from Nelson, BC – prepared by Jess Duchart who learned how to make masalas and perfumes in India.
It was a bit of a trek though, to locate the spice for Leanne Vogel’s aloo palak (potato and spinach curry). I could have made it without the chaat masala, but that would be like having baked fries without salt – what’s the point?
The problem with the cheap chaat masala brands available in my local ethnic stores was that they all contained alarmingly high levels of sodium.
My hankering for this curry was big enough, particularly since it was pouring that day so I bought a packet. But then I couldn’t shake off the scary visions of what the sodium might do to my system.
On to Plan B: I considered making my own masala (where to find dry mango powder?) and also emailed Leanne in Alberta for feedback. It felt like Christmas when she promptly pointed me to Jess Duchart’s site. Thank you Leanne!
Be prepared. The spice blends are much more expensive than store brands but a packet will last you ages, your food will be richer and your digestion happier.
What’s your experience with Indian food and masalas’ been like so far? Or do you not have anything to do with this kind of cuisine? Send me a note and let’s share stories.
Jess’s spice blends are amazing, right? Ha! So happy that you liked them and the recipe, and everything! Glad I could steer ya in the right direction. Enjoy!
Thanks Tasleem and Leanne, I love what I do!
Jess’s spice blends are amazing – nothing like store bought at all.
Alright! I can’t wait to make my dish today or tomorrow. Thanks for writing in.
Well? Did you make the dish? How was it?
Came out great! I’d like to make it again with my own east african twist to it! 🙂
Great masala recipes here http://burnaby.bibliocommons.com/search?q=%22Arneson%2C+Bal%22&search_category=author&t=author Great spices, including mango powder here http://www.yelp.ca/biz/super-spice-house-vancouver
You rock Neill! Thank you for the great suggestions.
Aw, shucks.. The spices aren’t organic at the Super Spice House but you can find anything you might need there.