One of the best gifts I got for Christmas was a masala dabba or and Indian spice box to house the 7 most common spices in the Indian kitchen. Since we love to cook Indian foods this was a great gift. Yesterday, Nick and I hit the new Indian Grocer here and stocked the dabba with fresh spices. The store is amazing and smells incredible as well as offers fresh samosas on the side. We spent a good half hour browsing the aisles before trying to find the smallest bags of spices we could. Even then, I sent half of what we purchased home with Nick.
So what's in the box? Turmeric, chili powder, Garam Masala, Cardamom seeds, Cumin seed and ground coriander with black mustard seeds in the middle. Its a colorful and fragrant tour across India and will make many a spicy meal. Can't wait to get down to it.