Spice Cuisine: Indian Spices and Seasonings

Spices and herbs are in abundant use in Indian cooking. Take a look at the spices listed below and you’ll just be scratching the surface of Indian flavors. Combinations of spices, such as curry powders and masalas are commonly used. Curry can be almost any combination of spices, and most home cooks have their own blends, ground fresh right before use. For cooks with less time, we offer several excellent curry blends made fresh in small batches from carefully developed recipes. We also carry whole and ground versions of the spices most frequently used in Indian cooking.

Visit our recipes section for some great Indian recipes.

Ajowan Seeds

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Ajowan seed is also known as Ajwain seed and Carom. This spice is popular in southern Indian style cooking. It has a flavor reminiscent of thyme; a…

Amchoor Powder, Powdered Green Mango

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Amchoor is a powder made from dried unripe green mangoes. It has a delicious honey-like fragrance and a sour fruity flavor. Amchoor is used in curr…

Asafoetida Powder

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Asafoetida powder, also known as Hing, is a crucial ingredient in Indian vegetarian cooking. Derived from a species of giant fennel, asafoetida has…

Black Cardamom Pods

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These black (actually brownish) pods are not "true" cardamom, but come from a closely related species. The flavor is very similar but much stronger …

Green Cardamom, Whole Fancy Pods, Inner Seeds or Ground

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Cardamom has a unique flavor and aroma that is hard to put into words. It defies the boundaries of normal sensory comparisons. It is compellingly st…

Cayenne Pepper

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Cayenne pepper is our hottest ground red pepper, this cayenne clocks in at 40,000 scoville heat units (HOT!). In early American cooking, cayenne p…

Charnushka, Nigella Sativa

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Charnuska is used in traditional Lebanese,Indian, Serbian, and Armenian cuisines. Also known as Black Cumin, Black Caraway seed, or Black Onion seed…

Tien Tsin Chinese Hot Red Chile Peppers

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Tien Tsin chile peppers are named after the province of China in which they are harvested. These chile peppers fall under the category of "exotics,"…

Chile de Arbol Peppers

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Chile De Arbol Peppers are named in reference to the woody stems attached to the pod. The Spanish translation of the name means "treelike." These b…

Cilantro

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Cilantro is the world's most frequently used herb, although is is only beginning to come into its own in this country. Also known as "Chinese parsle…

Coriander Seeds, Whole Or Ground

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Coriander is a pleasantly sweet spice with a lemony top note. It is commonly used in chili and curry dishes. The coriander plant produces both a spic…

Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

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Our Crushed Red Pepper Flakes are medium hot, but not overwhelming, and add a nice chile flavor to any dish. Approximately 20,000 heat units, these …

Indian Cumin Seed, Whole Or Ground

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Cumin is a crucial ingredient in several world cuisines. It has a unique and potent flavor crucial to Indian curries, where it's often roasted before…

Curry Leaves

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Curry leaves have a very subtle, understated delicate flavor. They should not to be confused with curry powder, which is a blend of many spices. Curr…

Hot Curry Powder

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Hot Curry Powder gives you the same full flavor as our sweet curry plus the added element of heat, derived from extra cayenne red pepper and spicy gi…

Maharajah Style Curry Powder

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Maharajah Style Curry Powder is our premier curry powder, for those occasions when only the extraordinary will do! This is a beautiful, rich, sweet …

Sweet Curry Powder

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Sweet Curry Powder is by far the most popular of our curries; it will give you a wide range of flavors without too much heat. As is the nature of tr…

Fennel Seeds, Whole Or Ground

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Fennel Seed has a delicate flavor; light and sweet, similar to anise. Use of fennel has a long history, dating back to the Chinese and Hindus who use…

Fenugreek Leaves, Dried

Also known as kasuri methi, fenugreek leaves are used throughout India, North Africa and the Middle East. Fenugreek leaves are used in many curry mas…

Fenugreek Seeds, Whole Or Ground

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Fenugreek seeds are used mainly in Middle Eastern cooking. It is an ingredient in most curries and chutneys. Like fennel, fenugreek has been culti…

Garam Masala Curry Mixture, Whole Or Ground

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Garam Masala is a Punjabi, or Northern Indian, style curry powder. Garam Masala is based, not on turmeric, as are other curry powders, but on a tripa…

Crystallized Ginger, Slices, Chunks or Nibs

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Candied ginger makes a wonderful snack and is very good for the stomach. Crystallized, or candied, ginger is simply young slices of gingerroot cooke…

Brown Mustard Seed, Whole

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Brown mustard seeds, Brassica juncea , are from a plant commonly grown in India, China and Africa. These pungent seeds are preferred over yellow in m…

Brown Mustard Seed, Crushed

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Crushed brown mustard seeds are called Bavarian-style mustard. These brown mustard seeds are nice for making a sharp tasting coarse mustard paste, w…

Orange Flower Water

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Orange flower water is used in many Mediterranean dessert dishes. Oranges proliferate in Mediterranean countries. They are enjoyed as is, or in an a…

Rose Water

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Rose water is currently enjoying a surge in popularity. It is used in many Mediterranean and Indian dessert dishes. This rose water is called for in…

Superior Grade Spanish Saffron

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Although other substitutes can provide a rich golden color, saffron has a distinctive flavor for which there simply is no substitute. Most recipes …

White or Toasted Sesame Seeds

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Sesame seeds, with their wonderful nutty flavor, are great added to so many dishes: green salads or pasta salads, stir fry, for encrusting chicken o…

Tamarind Paste

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Tamarind concentrate, also called tamarind paste, is a pure concentrate of tamarind. Tamarind is the pod of a tree native to Africa, but now mostly …

Turmeric

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Turmeric, essential to curry powder, is a member of the ginger family. It has a light, musky flavor along with a brilliant golden-orange color for wh…