If you’ve ever spoken with me for a few minutes, you will have found out that I have a schoolgirl crush on Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan. I saw Om Shanti Om at the San Diego Film Festival with my mother, and we were both lost. Today is his birthday (see what I mean?). So when I came across these gorgeous Indian spices at Penzey’s Spices in the Grand Central Market yesterday, I thought I’d post them today.
Penzey’s has an incredible variety of high quality spices from around the world. They carry everything from the essentials (we picked up oregano yesterday) across the spectrum to the more exotic spices like Kalangal, Mahlab and Jata Geera. They also sell their spices in smaller 1 oz. glass jars (pictured), which I like because they fit in our New York cupboard, and we can actually use them up. I got hooked on Penzey’s when a friend gave me the Taste of Mexico gift box, which opened up my world to adobo and chipotle in my own cooking. Penzey’s gift boxes include the Grill and Broil, Spicy Wedding Shower, Cheese Seasonings (this one’s on my list!), and over a dozen more creative spice collections.
So if you want to avoid the highly processed spices in the grocery store, and you don’t have time to hunt down the spices you need in the boroughs (although I do highly recommend doing this), head over to Penzey’s Spices at the Grand Central Market in the Grand Central Terminal. The people behind the counter are helpful and knowledgeable, and they’ll help you find what you need for your first spaghetti sauce of the season. Or that incredibly complex Indian recipe.
Happy Birthday, SRK! Someone in New York has a wee crush.
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