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Carrot Halwa recipe

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Carrot Halwa is a popular Indian dessert. Don’t be fooled by the name, it’s still very fattening and high in calories, but absolutely delicious when done right. Our family recipe includes saffron and mixed nuts which really lift the Halwa from being an ordinary version into an exotic one. Each mouthful will leave you wanting more! Recipe: Carrot Halwa Serves: 4 Ingredients 2 cups carrots, grated 1 cup milk 3/4 cup sugar 2 tbsp mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachio) 5-6 cardamom seeds, pounded 1 tsp Ghee (use butter as a substitute) approx 10 strands of Saffron 1 tsp warm water Cooking method 1. In … keep reading

What’s the best quality Cardamom?

The best cardamom Regency Spices

Cardamom is a rich, luxurious Indian spice that most people have heard of. Yet, it refers to several different plants native to India, Pakistan, Nepal & Bhutan. These range in colour from green, white, red, brown and even black. Since Cardamom is one of the most expensive spices on the planet, it’s also no wonder that in recent years it has been cultivated in other parts of the world such as Sri Lanka and Guatemala – one of the main reasons we have so many different varieties and qualities. As many parts of the world aren’t suitable for naturally growing … keep reading

Traditional Thai Massaman Curry with Beef (Recipe)

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Recipe: Beef Massaman Curry Serves: 4 Ingredients For the tamarind water 60g tamarind paste 150ml warm water For the curry paste 10 dried kashmiri chillies, seeds removed, roughly chopped 2 tbsp coriander seeds 1 tbsp cumin seeds 1 tsp green cardamom seeds (from about 20 green cardamom pods) 16 cloves 8cm cinnamon stick 2 large pieces of blade mace 1/2 tsp nutmeg powder 10g of fresh coriander leaves 3 tbsp vegetable oil 200g shallots or onions, roughly chopped 25g garlic cloves, peeled, roughly chopped 25g fresh root ginger, roughly chopped 2 lemongrass stalks, tough outer leaves removed, soft inner core … keep reading

Nutrition and buying tips: Cardamom

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All values below are per 1 tsp (2g) of grounded cardamom. Be sure to freshly grind to get the most out of your spices! Proximates Water 0.17g Energy 6kcal Protein 0.22g Total lipid (fat) 0.13g Carbohydrate, by difference 1.37g Fiber, total dietary 0.6g Minerals Calcium, Ca 8mg Iron, Fe 0.28mg Magnesium, Mg 5mg Phosphorus, P 4mg Potassium, K 22mg Sodium, Na 0mg Zinc, Zn 0.15mg Vitamins Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.4mg Thiamin 0.004mg Riboflavin 0.004mg Niacin 0.022mg Vitamin B-6 0.005mg Vitamin B-12 0.00µg Vitamin A, RAE 0µg Vitamin A, IU 0IU Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0.0µg Vitamin D … keep reading

Price updates: Indian Spices


The peak arrival seasons for most spices are over. Now that farmers and factories alike have also begun to book in purchase orders, many prices have stabilised and begun dropping as farmers clear stock. We expect most prices to remain at these levels for now, but expect seed prices to increase gradually. Our market rate below for spices: Kashmiri Chilli Festival season in India is approaching later this month, we expect prices to rise. 50G (1.8 OZ) PRICE: USD 6 100G (3.5 OZ) PRICE: USD 8 200G (7.1 OZ) PRICE: USD 10 Black Peppercorns As competing Pepper growing in Vietnam … keep reading

Regency at Hong Kong Food Expo 2014


Backed by the support of the Hong Kong Food Council, Regency showcased it’s products to the Hong Kong public at the Hong Kong Food Expo 2014. From left to right: HK Food Council Manager Ms. Sally Chan, VIP Guest Mr. Lai Bun, Permanent Honorable President Mr. Lee Fuen, Vice President of The Hong Kong Food Council Dr. Leslie Wong, Regency Manager Mr. Sunit Dattani. Regency introduced it’s Five Spice Powder at the HK Food Expo, which was extremely well received by the Hong Kong public. Until the end of this month, Regency is also offering a special 30% discount to … keep reading

9 health benefits about Cardamom, a super spice!

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Healthy food doesn’t need to mean bland food. Nutritionists, Dieticians, Health buffs, and most people interested in shaving off a few calories while keeping fit are constantly on the hunt for new healthy foods. After all, we can’t keep eating the same 5 items day in and out right? Variety is a must. Yet, most people seem to neglect spices and flavourings to use to spice up (pardon the pun) their cooking. Cardamom is one such “super-spice”. Although the facts below make it sound amazing, don’t consume it in high doses! Too much of anything cannot turn out well. Please … keep reading


saffron farmers

Saffron is known as the emperor of spices. Why? Because it’s an extremely laborious and tedious process to harvest. It can grow in extreme hot and dry climates, as well as survive in snow. But, good grains of commercial saffron need extremely precise conditions to develop their exquisite flavour. Saffron threads are taken from the insides of orchids – perhaps the rarest and most expensive branch of flowers. A grain of good commercial Saffron contains the stigmas and styles of nine flowers, and consequently 4,320 orchids are required to yield around 30 grams of Saffron. The stigmas need to be … keep reading

Yogi Tea (Recipe)


Not to be confused with the brand name tea, Yogi tea is also a type of tea. Very similar to Indian Masala Chai, Yogi Tea is another type of spiced tea drink. Unlike Masala Chai, Yogi tea is brewed using a slower process which allows the spices to be fully infused in the tea. Drinking Yogi tea has many health benefits. It’s loaded with numerous spices, and the flavours and health potential of each of these is conveniently transferred to the drink! No wonder it’s so popular around the world. If you have a good stock of spices, the drink … keep reading

Spice cheat sheet: Your one stop spice resource


SPICE (click to see more info) BIRTHPLACE USED COMMONLY IN Bay Leaves Turkey Curries, stews, soups, and generally all sauces with a long cooking time Black Pepper India All cuisines as seasoning, chinese sauces, tea Caraway Finland Beef, chicken, vegetable dishes, breads Cardamom India Tea, curries, soups, rubs, desserts Cassia China Desserts, spice rubs, tea, soup, sauces, baked goods, grilled dishes Chilli Worldwide Almost all dishes, also marinades, salsas Cinnamon Sri Lanka Baked goods, desserts Clove Tanzania Tea, soups, french sauces, noodles, pork, beef, vegetable dishes Cubeb Indonesia In place of pepper in Asian cuisine Cumin India Bread, vegetable, curry, … keep reading