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where to get Indian ingredients in San Francisco

Maja Oct 8, 2003 05:00 PM

Hi there,
I was wondering if anyone knows of a place in San Francisco or maybe DAly City to get Indian ingredients - I was specfically looking for curry leaves, but I'm sure other things will come up too, which need finding.

I am aware of Vik's in Berkeley, but I was wondering if there is anything closer.


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    a geek Oct 9, 2003 02:53 AM

    Skip the two stores in San Francisco; they have neither the freshness nor variety of stores just outside the city. My top recommendation would be:

    India Foods
    650 E San Bruno Ave, San Bruno, CA
    (650) 583-6559

    It's large, clean, and well stocked. If you want a big treat sometime, head to:

    India Cash & Carry
    1032 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA
    (408) 735-7383

    It's truly massive and in the same shopping center as a bunch of great restaurants (Dhaba, Komala Vilas, Udupi Palace).

    By the way, the addresses/phone numbers above came from ThingsIndian.com, a great resource for Indian everything in the bay area.

    Link: http://www.thingsindian.com

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    1. re: a geek
      FullPalate Mar 27, 2010 02:17 PM

      I know just how old this topic is, but it is still rather relevant to me. A store opened in San Francisco at the end of 2009 that satisfies all my needs.

      Jai Ho Indian Grocery
      1462 Fillmore St

      located in the Safeway parking lot, it is a small store with an excellent selection of fresh packed Indian goods and ingredients. I just returned from a trip with Fresh Curry Leaves, Black Cumin, Nigella, Amchur, and dried Methi leaves. They have a well-organized, clean store with very friendly and helpful management.

      1. re: FullPalate
        vhanna Mar 27, 2010 07:43 PM

        Fantastic! I'll go there soon! What kind of price on the Nigella & for how much?

        1. re: FullPalate
          Cynsa Apr 6, 2010 12:19 PM

          Thank you! I went today for fresh curry leaves. It's friendly and well-stocked - and near my house. I am happy!
          Open 7 days
          11am to 8 pm

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        squid-kun Oct 8, 2003 11:17 PM

        If you're closer to downtown, check out New India Bazaar, 1107 Polk St. (just north of Post).

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        1. re: squid-kun
          Sam M May 19, 2010 03:20 AM

          this place is way over priced. Jai Ho a new place on fillmore is very resonable.

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          vlibin Oct 8, 2003 06:04 PM

          Bobay Bazar on Valencia. They often, but not always, have curry leaves and they have a good selection of spices and other Indian staples.

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          1. re: vlibin
            Shreesh Taskar Oct 9, 2003 09:46 AM

            Not a big fan of B.Bazaar. I think they let the merchandise sit a little too long and it gets long in the tooth.

            Great selection of indian god posters, though!

            1. re: vlibin
              vulber May 19, 2010 07:36 AM

              I can't speak for the quality of the stuff at their market, but they do have some damn tasty ice cream which often gets overlooked amongst the fierce ice cream competition in that area (Bi-Rite, Mitchell's, Humphry Slocombe)

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