“ Type: Sauces „
I love to cook most of my meals from scratch and I cook a variety of dishes .
My love for culinary experimenting and exploring has lead to an accumulation of a whole range of world spices in an assortment of three cupboards in my kitchen . Out of these one big one has 2-4 rows of packets of spices most of which are from the shan range.
I have bought and tried a huge range of these from asian grocers and my local tesco even stores them.
They are generally price at 55p in tesco and I get them for 2 for £1 at most asian grocers and have a two years best before date as well.
Though I consider myself a good cook of Indian dishes sometimes when I want to cook something new or I don't know how to go about it these packet spices come quite handy as they have a well written recipe for the named dish on them and if you follow the instructions to the point you will most certainly have a most authentic version for the dish.
A word of caution however would be if you cannot eat hot food you'd better stick to a spoon-ful of the spice mix as they can be very hot.. also i do not use more than two spoon fulls when cooking for my toddler, who can manage a bit more heat in food than an average adult .
This particular brand of spices has mixes for:
(chicken and meat are)
chicken/lamb chapli kabab
chicken yakhni pulao
chicken bombay biryani
chicken malay biryani
chana chat masala(chickpea salad)
kadhai fry gosht mix
white chicken korma
pani puri masala
and some others are
pakora and bhaji mix
khichra mix(rice-lentil-meat dish)
meat tenderiser(for those tough meat)
vegetable curry mix
kat a kat mix
I have seen them in the houses of my other Indian, pakistani and bangladeshi friends too and have never heard anything bad about them so far.
So if you are adventurous enough , put your chef's cap on and start cooking an authentic Indian dish for someone special or just yourself believe me you won't be disappointed.
Spicy sauce mix.