To begin an Indian cooking adventure! Jars are filled with fresh spices—All are organic. If you are an experienced cook, consider our 24-jar, Masala Dabba Indian Kit instead. New to Indian cooking? Six Spices: A Simple Concept of Indian Cooking for an easy introduction. Or, Indian Instant Pot is our favorite (but you'll need an Instant Pot, too). Scroll below for more gift pairing cookbook recommendations.
This set includes seven spices:
- cardamom pods
- chaat masala
- garam masala
- madras curry
- panch phoron
Indian dishes use a cooking method called Tadka, and it’s one you should master in your home kitchen! Tadka translates as "tempering." It is a method in which whole or ground spices are heated in hot oil or ghee and the mixture is added to a dish. Hot fat has an amazing ability to extract and retain the essence, aroma and flavor of spices and herbs and then carry this essence with it when it is added to a dish. You must use a high-heat fat, such as ghee. Spices can go from sizzling and flavorful to scorched in seconds! If you burn the spices, no worries—just throw out and try again. Whole spices will take 30 seconds, keep stirring the pan for even cooking. Ground spices will bloom in seconds, so have your next ingredients ready!
Pairing a cookbook? We recommend:
- Fish, Indian Style
- Indian Instant Pot® Cookbook: Traditional Indian Dishes Made Easy and Fast
- For you Vegetarian friends: Vibrant India: Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn
- And, Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking
Small jars measure 1.75” wide by 2” tall; and hold a shy 1/4 cup volume. These jars are smaller than traditional spice containers; smaller amounts of spice stay fresh. Refill with us or in bulk at your local natural foods store. Jars are made to stick to your fridge or any steel surface. Purchase a mini wall plate if you need to store jars on a backsplash.
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