Buying spices in Jaipur

#1 Apr 17th, 2015, 11:05
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Hi everyone,

As a compliment to my last question about where to buy good quality kitchen equipment in Jaipur, I would also like to take home some good quality spices (particularly from Kerala) before leaving the country.

Does anyone have a good recommendation as to where to find high quality spices in Jaipur at reasonable prices?

I'm looking for cumin, coriander, whole dried chiles, cardamom, turmeric, black mustard, cinnamon, asafoetida, etc.

Thanks for your help!

Blessings,

-Dave
#2 Apr 17th, 2015, 11:40
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Sindhi Colony.

But tell me how are you flying out of the country ? non-stop from DEL to Newark, NJ ? then on to AZ ? Depending on the answer I'd ask you to buy one of the ingredients from your local online indian grocers like Patel Bros. or Kalyustan in the US
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Thanks for your reply.

I'll be flying from Jaipur to Abu Dhabi. Then from Abu Dhabi to New York. Then from New York to Tucson, Arizona.

Am open to your suggestions!

Will check out Sindhi Colony over the course of the next few days! Thanks for your help.

Any other suggestions?
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Buy Hing in USA. Your friendly Tuscon, AZ store should carry it. Contrary to scientific principles, there is a perception that Hing, and few other spices and herbs are used by persons trying to hide controlled substances. UAE, and a couple of EU airports are finicky about it.
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Wow. Never heard of such a thing, but it's perfectly understandable.

I already have a small packet of hing that I purchased in Munnar. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Thanks for your help!

Am open to suggestions from others as well.

Blessings,

-Dave
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Good thing you aren't flying into Cal. I get mine double sealed in tough bags in Chadni Chauk, success..
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Do you guys just buy from the open air markets? Buying spices from large, open sacks near busy roadways seems like it may not be the best idea. Doesn't the air (not to mention the air quality) degrade the spices over time?

Wouldn't pre-packaged and sealed spices be fresher and cleaner?

Any thoughts on this, and where I might find pre-packaged and sealed (bulk) spices in Jaipur?

Thanks!

-Dave
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Always think twice before packing hing or pickles in your luggage. Unless the hing is packed up incredibly tight, there is a risk that it could make all your stuff smell!

As the air in packages expands in the depressurised hold of aircraft, but rigid packages don't expand, the most risky packing (spill-wise) is to pack a substance in a rigid container less than full. Try to remove all air from the airtight packing before putting it in your luggage.
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Good advice. Thank you.

I've got just a small, 50-gram bag of hing that I may just carry with me in my hand luggage.

Thanks for the help, everyone. I actually had much better luck finding well-sealed, bulk spices in Jodhpur, at the Clock Tower market. There are a few shops that are designed just for tourists, but if you look around a little, you can find a few places with lots of locals buying. The quality appears (good smell) to be good.

Blessings,

-Dave

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