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Feb 14, 2007 02:11 PM

indian groceries in calgary

I'm wondering about a good place to find indian spices and other groceries in calgary.

also - can pooris be bought ready made? i'm wanting to make dahi poori but the poori sounds difficult to make....

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  1. I don't do much (okay, any) Indian cooking, but a general first step would be to get in your car and start driving north and east. I do know that the Sunridge Superstore appeared to have a pretty wide selection of spices (hey, all I wanted was candy-coated fennel seed), and there's at least one, perhaps more, spice-sari-and-Bollywood type places in the mall around the intersection of McKnight and 52nd St.

    1. Sunridge Superstore is the first place that came to my mind too. Do everything in your power to avoid going on a weekend though; it can get mighty insane in there.

      We make Indian food at home often (with spices we brought back from India) but we gave up on the breads (naan, pooris etc.) fairly quickly because they’re tough to make. Many grocery stores carry prepared naan in the same part of the store at pitas and tortillas and stuff. Warmed in a frying pan, they’re almost as good as freshly made.

      I’d like to hear if you have more success with pooris then we have had.

      1. Pants, you're not asking about West Indian style dahlpuri are you? If you're interested, you can get them in bulk at Tropical Hot, 52nd St north of 17th Ave in Forest Lawn. Trinidadian owned place.

        1. There is a good spice store in the strip mall north of Winston Churchill. I'm not sure what poori is. I did a half day cooking course but that wasn't something we made. The teacher recommended the store by Churchill.

          I was also directed to a store north of 32 ave NE on the road that runs past Costco a few years ago by an Indian woman who worked for me. It's in a strip mall directly west of the big liquor store. It faced north. I think it was called something obvious like Spiceland or Spice World.I haven't been back for years as I no longer work in that part of the city.

          As an aside this woman said I could have asked them to open a bag of spices if I only wanted a little. I still have a very large jar of black mustard seed.I'm not sure I would have felt like doing that. The stuff is pretty cheap.

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          1. re: sharonanne

            I also go to this spice store - great price on Spanish Saffron: I recall paying $10.00 for 5 grams. I can't think of the name, but it is in Dalbrent Mall.

          2. hi, does anybody know where i can buy a MASALA DABBA in calgary? it is an indian spice jar. you can put 5 different spices in it. thanks!