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Yum2MyTum Dec 12, 2007 06:16 PM

I want to try a recipe that calls for this Indian spice mix. Is there anywhere in the Annex or near the Eaton Centre that anyone can recommend where I might be able to find it, or do I have to go to Little India?
Thanks in advance!

  1. orangewasabi Dec 12, 2007 07:39 PM

    You can find Garam Masala in any Rabba in the city.

    1. chocabot Dec 13, 2007 02:28 AM

      Tutti Frutti in Kensington has it. So does several spice/bulk places in St Lawrence.

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        hungry_pangolin Dec 13, 2007 02:42 AM

        If you get near Cabbagetown, the Bengali place at Parliament and gerrard has it. Less certain, but I think that I've seen it at Ambal (Parliament south of Wellesley), as well.

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          Yum2MyTum Dec 13, 2007 04:17 AM

          Thanks everyone! Your suggestions were really helpful! I think I'm going to either Kensington or St. Lawrence this weekend so I'll try get some there.

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            Recyclor Dec 13, 2007 06:58 AM

            I too go to Kensington for it, check out House of Spice, great shop....

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            l_izzie Dec 13, 2007 11:41 AM

            I had lunch a few weeks ago at Spices Cafe on Temperance St. I got talking to the chef/owner about Garam Masala because I am always looking for a good one, (my fav so far is Vij's). He offered to make one for me, saying it would take a day's notice. I really like the flavours he produces and my guess is that he would make an awesome one. I mean to take him up on his offer. Might not work for you timewise.

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              Yum2MyTum Dec 13, 2007 01:31 PM

              That's an interesting option. Thanks l_izzie. I'll have to try out Spices!

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              bluedog Dec 14, 2007 07:51 AM

              Gosh I think they even sell this at Loblaw's nowadays, or just about any bulk food store (e.g. Bulk Barn, Bulk City etc.).... in any event it's just a mixture of standard spices (e.g. cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, coriander, pepper, cloves, nutmeg) in any proportion which strikes your fancy. Most serious Indian cooks have their own version, and there is no standard commercial formula (i.e. just about every brand will be diferent). When I buy it, I sometimes spike teh commerical versions with extra cinnamon or cloves, depending on the dish.

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                Snarf Dec 14, 2007 08:14 AM

                The Spice Trader on Queen makes a nice version. I've also seen some DIY versions in the high end shops which have the whole spices which you would roast, then grind. Always better to roast your own than buy the store bought, as (apart from Spice Trader), you don't know how fresh the little jars might be.

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                  Yum2MyTum Dec 14, 2007 09:45 AM

                  Thanks bluedog and Snarf - I'm really a beginner so this is all really useful. Will keep your suggestions in mind.

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                    hungry_pangolin Dec 14, 2007 04:37 PM

                    Hey, Yum.... I hav a couple of DIY recipes. Do you want me to post them in Home Cooking?

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                      Yum2MyTum Mar 9, 2008 08:47 PM

                      Hi hungry_pangolin - I don't know how I missed this generous offer of yours, but it would be fantastic if you could post these recipes when you have a moment. Thanks!

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