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Feb 6, 2008 09:48 AM

Indian cooking supplies?

Where is a good place around DC to get cooking supplies for Indian cooking? Thinking spices, paneer, gram flour, etc.

The closer to DC proper, the better.

And apologies if there was a post on this before, but I find the search engine to be virtually useless.

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  1. See this thread. Langley Park is where you want to go.

    1. I go to Daily Spice in Merrifield, but there are many closer to DC in Arlington

      1. There is a new Indian foodstore on Lee Highway in North Arlington, in the stripmall near George Mason Blvd. It is attached to an Indian restaurant next door. Cant remember the name though. They have lots of spices, breads, balti dishes, etc.

        Penzey's (sp?) Spices in Falls Church has great deals on Indian spices. I bought several large bags of Vindaloo and Garam Masala for about $5 each recently.

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        1. re: ooroger

          ooroger, better to go east about 1/3 mile. Between George Mason Drive and Glebe Road, on left, is A-1 Indian Grocery (across from MickeyD's, next to Dominos). More variety.

          ps, a $5 bag of garam masala may be enough for the next 2 years....unless you're using it very, very often. see how a-1's prices compare. best prices around on patak's.

          1. re: alkapal

            alkapal: thanks for the recommendations; I will head over to A-1 this weekend for a look. I spent my college years living off patak's and love the stuff.

            1. re: ooroger

              most welcome. a-1 is on lee hwy, btw. they also have indian veggies, fresh curry leaves, etc. in fridge case. also frozen stuff.

              i think this is correct:
              India A-1 Grocery
              4815 Lee Hwy
              Arlington, VA 22207
              (703) 841-9626 (not sure about this)

              hope ya get yo' fix!

              1. re: alkapal

                Here's the link if you need to map it. I really like the grocery store and the lovely chocolate place right next door too!

                India A-1 Grocery
                4815 Lee Hwy, A Arlington, VA

                1. re: orangemix

                  Would this kind of place carry a wide variety of groceries? I ask because while living in London I ate myself silly on what I can best describe as an Indian snack mix -- spiced nuts, puffed rice, raisins, etc. that my roommate would bring back from Brick Lane in big bags. It was spicy as all hell, and completely addictive. I used to follow handfuls of it with scoops of yogurt or swigs of milk (to be able to have more). How I long for that snack mix again...

                  1. re: humblegourmand

                    You're probably remembering Deep brand "Hot Mix". I haven't had any in years, but back when I was into it, they carried it at pretty much every Indian/Pakistani store you could find. I know I definitely bought it at A-1 at least once, although that was, again, years ago.

                    1. re: sweth

                      Oh, fantastic. I will hunt for some this weekend and let you know if I'm successful.

        2. Thank you all for the suggestions. I will head out to check out the VA spots sometime this month and report back. Postponed my Indian dinner due to kid's cold, so now have more time to compare and explore!