Saturday, August 13, 2011

In Search For...

I'm searching for that final ingredient to make some authentic Indian Food at home. I had no idea that finding this final piece of the recipe would be so difficult. Or that Indian food was such a complex mix of so many different spices. Keep in mind that all of these are just for one dish.

This spices that I have collected so far.

  • Coriander Seeds

  • Cumin Seeds

  • Chili Powder

  • Ground Tumeric

  • Cardamom seeds

  • Fresh Gingerroot

  • Garlic Cloves

  • Whole Cloves

  • Black Peppercorns

  • Cinnamon Sticks

  • Salt

  • Black Mustard Seeds

The elusive Spice.

  • Curry Leaves

I've searched high and low. None of the regular grocery stores in my town carry this spice. I tried the local specialty grocery store and still no curry leaves. Then, I made a trip to the larger metropolis hub and tried there specialty cooking stores. I found the Black Mustard Seeds, but still no curry leaves.

Tomorrow, I'm hoping that my journey will be at an end. I have learned of an Asian Market that is just a few blocks from my house. If I do not find the leaves there I'm going to have to break down and purchase them from the internet.

Everyone wish me luck.


  1. I've read that they are REALLY hard to (impossible, almost) get outside Asia. I think it would be easier to get them online.
    There is a massive spice store here in Richmond. I'll give them a call and see if they have it. Then you will have an excuse to see me when I'm back in GV in two weeks :)


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