Spice Trade — turmeric

... and a few other articles on cooking with spices!

Veggie Pakoras

asafoetida carom seeds chilli recipes turmeric

Veggie Pakoras

You can think of Pakoras like the Indian Tempura, although we’re not quite sure which came first! The batter is much thicker than tempura batter, as it’s an equally important element to the vegetables. Some Indians also prefer having the fried batter alone! We tend to eat Pakoras as an appetiser or an hors d’oeuvre, often preferring to eat at the coffee table in a dining room, before moving over to the dining table for the first course. Another popular pakora is the paneer pakora. Simply swap the veggies for 1 inch cubes of fresh paneer. Veggie Pakoras. photo: Kirti Poddar...

Read more →


Tandoori Paneer just like home

cassia coriander cumin ginger nutmeg recipes tandoori masala turmeric

Tandoori Paneer just like home

Our home favourite! This Paneer is unlike the common Matar Paneer or Palak Paneer you find it restaurants. It’s name comes from the Tandoor Oven used to cook it in – a special, cylindrical clay oven used in Indian cooking and baking, temperatures inside can reach as high as 480°C (900°F)! Of course at home, we just use an ordinary grill. This paneer takes on a delicious full-bodied flavour after being marinated in a blend of indian spices. It’s also served without a wet curry base – not needed when the paneer itself tastes so good. Works best as an...

Read more →


Journey through the bad factories: Turmeric

knowledge base turmeric

Our latest visit to Turmeric factories in India proved to be eye-opening. We decided to take a trip into some other factories, to see how the competition fared (under the guise of being potential customers) and also to genuinely see how certain turmeric could be priced so much cheaper than our own! Below are images compiled from 3 different ones in Western India. For their own integrity and privacy, we cannot be more specific the factory names or addresses. Entering the factories The first thing our eyes were greeted with at Factory number 2. It was raining, ground muddy, raw...

Read more →


Recipe: Aloo Matar (spiced indian potato and pea curry)

asafoetida chilli garam masala garlic ginger onion powder recipes turmeric

This recipe hails from the North of India, but is extremely popular all over because of the simple and fresh ingredients used. Some households prefer a dryer texture, in which case omit the tomato and don’t make into a paste. This recipe is commonly enjoyed with Indian Basmati rice, poori and chapatis (roti). photo: Joana Petrova Ingredients – 2 medium potatoes (aloo), peeled and diced– ¾ to 1 cup peas (matar)– 1 tbsp almond flour– half tsp (3g) Cumin Seeds– Pinch of Asafoetida– ½ to 1 tsp (3-5g) Mild chilli powder– ¼ tsp (1g) Turmeric powder– ½ tsp garam masala powder– 2 to 3 tbsp vegetable oil–...

Read more →


Nutrition and buying tips: Turmeric

knowledge base turmeric

All values below are per 1 tsp (3g) of Ground Turmeric. ProximatesWater 0.39gEnergy 9kcalProtein 0.29gTotal lipid (fat) 0.10gCarbohydrate, by difference 2.01gFiber, total dietary 0.7gSugars, total 0.10g MineralsCalcium, Ca 5mgIron, Fe 1.65mgMagnesium, Mg 6mgPhosphorus, P 9mgPotassium, K 62mgSodium, Na 1mgZinc, Zn 0.14mg VitaminsVitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.0mgThiamin 0.002mgRiboflavin 0.004mgNiacin 0.041mgVitamin B-6 0.003mgFolate, DFE 1µgVitamin B-12 0.00µgVitamin A, RAE 0µgVitamin A, IU 0IUVitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), 0.13gVitamin D (D2 + D3) 0.0µgVitamin D 0IUVitamin K 0.4µg LipidsFatty acids, total saturated 0.055gFatty acids, total monounsaturated 0.013gFatty acids, total polyunsaturated 0.023gCholesterol 0mg Tips on buying quality Turmeric Turmeric comes in many varieties and colours. Our...

Read more →