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Linzechris

Hard to find ingredients

I just had to post about a wonderful company called Spices of India.
They are down in Dorset and their website contains absolutely ANYTHING you could possibly want for Indian/Burmese/Thai/Ghurka or any asian type ingredients.
I know that most of you may be able to buy most things from shops but when you live somewhere a bit more remote it is a godsend to have a company like this.
If you do live in the vicinity of Dorset you can order online and collect the order to save on postage.
Their customer service is excellent and if by some miracle they don't have what you want they will try to get it for you.
It''s a family run business and I have no interest in it except that they have been so helpful to me and I have always been able to get any ingredients for Indian food that I need from them.
Their prices are good too.

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Linzechris

Hard to find ingredients

Forget to add that they also have lots of recipes on the website and gift ideas.

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Yummy

Spices of India

I agree Linzechris, we have made a bulk order here in Brittany from them and have to say their customer service and delivery was second to none. We are lucky that we have an Asiatic supermarket in the nearest big town of Lorient, but they cater more for the Chinese, Cantonese, Thai dishes. There we can buy fresh produce which is fresh every Wednesday, but the Indian range of foodstuffs is definitely better purchased from the website you mention.

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Sue G

Hard to find Ingredients

Thanks for posting this, just had a quick look.

France is hopeless for its spices,

Luckily for Yummy she can get certain products but down our end there is nothing. Even in Le Mans i have searched for shops and nothing.

Will have a good look later and make an order, will send it to my sister as she is coming for a visit soon.

Have you tried the curry leaves are they ok?? if yes i might order some,
need some new curry powder and might even try the different flour.


Any suggestions on what is good to buy.

Thanks
sue

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Darkginger

Hard to find ingredients

I second the recommendation for this shop - I've used it before (they deliver to Ireland and the rest of Europe) - love their selection of stuff. I think the last thing I bought from them was Bassar curry powder, which I use in my 'own' spice mix for curries. If you're looking for an all purpose curry powder, the TRS brand of Mild Madras is pretty good (or East End, or Rajah).

I noticed they have a new range of chutneys in - I fancy the strawberry!

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Darkginger

Hard to find ingredients

p.s you could try the Gram (besan) flour - great for making onion bhajis at home.

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Linzechris

Hard to find ingredients

I've bought the Gram flour for onion bhajis and the kalonji (onion seeds) for naan bread. I also find the 'Mr Hudas' spice pastes excellent, they have recipes on them too. The tikka paste is really nice as is the universal curry mix. I've recently bought a Ghurka curry mix, don't know who makes it but haven't tried it yet.
I love their idea that you can make a gift hamper to give for an unusual present too.

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Sue G

Hard to find ingredients

"I've bought the Gram flour for onion bhajis and the kalonji (onion seeds) for naan bread. I also find the 'Mr Hudas' spice pastes excellent, they have recipes on them too. The tikka paste is really nice as is the universal curry mix. I've recently bought a Ghurka curry mix, don't know who makes it but haven't tried it yet.
I love their idea that you can make a gift hamper to give for an unusual present too. "


Thanks, still waiting to make my order, hubby has run off with the credit card.

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Yummy

Spices of India

I also find the 'Mr Hudas' spice pastes excellent, they have recipes on them too. The tikka paste is really nice as is the universal curry mix. I've recently bought a Ghurka curry mix, don't know who makes it but haven't tried it yet.
I have had both the Universal and Balti pasts of "Mr Hudda", and agree they are brilliant and most authentic, as OH doesn't like pieces of onion in the curry I tend to put more in the sauce you boil and then add the larger pieces later., Did you know Linzechris it is so easy to grow your own black onion seed ? it is "Nigella" and once you set the seed, just scatter a packet about, they self seed everywhere, once dried that is what is used as black onion seed. the flower heads look lovely in dried flower arrangements too.

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Linzechris

Nigella seed

Yes Yummy, I did know that and have loads growing at the moment although it hasn't flowered yet and have run out of seed!
As it multiplies so much each year and last year was the first I had grown it I shall have a lot more once it gets to that stage!
The flowers are lovely too aren't they.
I had to laugh about the bit where you said about how you have to adjust the curry for your hubby.
I'm the same. It's a bit like when the children are small and you have to disguise ingredients! Still, they're worth it!

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Darkginger

Nigella seeds

I use nigella seeds in my Bombay potatoes, too - they really add a certain restaurant taste to the dish. Not tried growing them (not tried growing much since before we had chickens, tbh - maybe now I should have another go). I've managed to keep coriander alive (not exactly grow it, bought one of those growing herb things from the supermarket) for a whole summer before now, but find it goes to seed rather easily.

The most difficult to get hold of Indian ingredient I've come across is Bombay Duck - you may remember me posting about it before? There are all sorts of Health and Safety issues with importing it, apparently, but got my hands on 400g of the stuff a while back (from Bristol Sweet Mart, online) and it seems to last forever :)

Every time I go back to Brighton, I raid Taj (as James well knows!) - they have the most amazing selection of ingredients in there - am just sorry I can't bring some of the more exotic vegetables (mooli, mini aubergines etc.) home!

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Chazza

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"The most difficult to get hold of Indian ingredient I've come across is Bombay Duck ... There are all sorts of Health and Safety issues with importing it ... am just sorry I can't bring some of the more exotic vegetables (mooli, mini aubergines etc.) home!"

I thought Bombay Duck was a complete no-no these days - I used to love that stuff, no idea what it was though. Dried fish?

Why can't you take the mooli and mini aubergines back to Ireland - is it a customs matter?

One thing I find difficult to find is fresh galangal, the relative of ginger that's used in Thai cooking.

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Dottie May

Hard to find ingredients

I don't cook very much Chinese food - a stir fry perhaps a couple of times a month - so its only Chinese Five Spice that I use. Fortunately for others in the area where I live a retired Khurka soldier has a stall in the local Market who apparently sells every spice etc imaginable and if he hasn't already got it he will obtain it for you.

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Chazza

Man in the market

How lucky you are to have such a supplier! Are you not too keen on spicy food? I'd be there every week given the chance. He wasn't a cook as well, was he? Can you ask him for some authentic recipes?

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Darkginger

Hard to find ingredients

Yes, Bombay Duck is dried fish - you fry it until it goes crispy, and then it's great sprinkled over a curry. It never seems to go off, which is a good thing! It was banned from import by the EU some years back, but after protests it's now allowed, although the regulations in place mean that it's incredibly difficult to source now. I'm just glad I got some!

I can't bring fresh fruit and/or veggies back to Ireland - and even if I could I'd only be able to carry enough for a couple of meals. We have a great greengrocers (a proper one!) here, but their 'exotic' selection varies from week to week - still waiting on last year's jalapenos they kept promising! On the plus side, they carry unusual fungi in season - and they buy a lot of stuff from small, local suppliers, which is why what's on offer varies so much. This would be great if I shopped there on a daily basis, but it's 10 miles from home and I get there once a week at the most - more often once a month, and miss out on stuff they have in on days I'm not there!

 
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