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Food souvenirs from India?

My parents are going on a tour of Northern India, so I have to ask: are there any small but wonderful food items I should ask them to bring back? Something a local Indian market might not have? (I'm in the S.F. Bay Area.) Or something that would be much more expensive in the U.S.? Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.

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  1. Not exactly food, but Mittal Teas in Sunder Nagar Market in Delhi is a really nice shop with teas of fantastic quality and freshness -- the prices might be high for India but are really low in US terms, and they have all sorts of packages, including souvenir types in kashmiri boxes and silk pouches as well as plain boxes and tins.

    Here's a link to their website to give you an idea of what they carry:

    www.mittalteas.com

    1. I saw really nice saffron in markets in Jodhpur last year....now I wish I had bought some. Much cheaper in India than it is here. Make sure they get real stuff though, lots of spice shops try to trick you.

      They can probably find this in Delhi and other North Indian cities as well, but if they do go to Jodhpur, the spice markets there are really great.

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      1. re: Dave MP

        saffron grown in kashmir India is the rarest and the best saffron....but i think difficult to get...u really hav to be able to differentiate the original saffron from the low quality saffron

      2. Hing (Devil's Dung; Asafoetida). Not the powdered and adulterated stuff that you get in the US (even reputable spice merchants like The Spice house sell this junk). The real stuff comes in chunks of pure dried sap. The Iranian ones are the best and are available in India. India has their own version as well.

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        1. re: Joe MacBu

          I just carried a package of that home from Jodphur, plus a bunch of the Sanjeev Kapoor cookbooks.

          No problem in customs, and we were inspected by the sniffer beagle - I think they're mainly concerned with dairy, meat and produce.

        2. Cookbooks! There is a whole range by Indian TV celebrity-chef Sanjeev Kapoor which contained dozens of fabulous recipes.

          1. Besides saffron, highly quality black cardamon and telicherri peppers are cheaper.