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Source for Chile de Arbol Powder and Cumin Seeds

paulgardner Jul 15, 2008 12:16 PM

Any local sources for chile de arbol powder and cumin seeds? Thanks in advance.

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    IndustrialFoodie Jul 16, 2008 10:37 PM

    Christina's is good but can be pricey, wanna buy a pound of cumin for 2 bucks, go to super 88

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    1. re: IndustrialFoodie
      trymonlam Jul 17, 2008 12:41 AM

      exactly. just drop by your local Asian/Chinese market. Plentiful and cheap.

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      LStaff Jul 16, 2008 09:50 AM

      Patel Bros. on Moody Street in Waltham has a huge selection of whole and ground spices used in Indian food - at great prices too. I used to go to Penzy's before I found this place.

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        autopi Jul 15, 2008 05:16 PM

        pretty sure hilo in jamaica plain has both of these.

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          smtucker Jul 15, 2008 05:12 PM

          If Union Square is convenient, the International Market has the Arbol peppers and across the street the Indian Market has cumin. I have been pleased with these two sources. Have also bought both of these items at Penzey's, which is also excellent.

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            fredid Jul 15, 2008 01:07 PM

            Harvest (Food Coop - don't need to be a member) in Central Square, Cambridge, has cumin seeds in bulk, so you can just get what you need. Didn't check out chile de Arbol, but they may have it, also.

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              Frank Enbean Jul 15, 2008 02:41 PM

              How about Penzey's on Mass Ave in Arlington?

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                cheesehead in recovery Jul 15, 2008 03:04 PM

                Penzeys also has a catalogue if you can't schlep to Arlington....
                (dependng on where you live....) I find it easeir to have my sister bring it from Wisconsin, where Penzey's is around the corner from her house!)

            2. almansa Jul 15, 2008 12:56 PM

              Whole Foods.

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                dulce de leche Jul 15, 2008 12:45 PM

                You can find them in pretty much any grocery store in the Latin section. At least all the Star/Shaw's I go to have them, and the Indian markets carry cumin seeds, though often just the black.
                The freshness isn't great at either source, so if that's important, I'd go to Christina's.

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                1. re: dulce de leche
                  franksnbeans Jul 17, 2008 06:46 AM

                  Yup. Just look for all the Goya spices.

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                  9lives Jul 15, 2008 12:34 PM

                  I buy cumin seeds at Polcari's in the NE..chile arbol available at many Latin markets.

                  I find I get better results buying the dried peppers and just grinding to a powder.

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                    paulgardner Jul 15, 2008 12:44 PM

                    Instead of crushing cumin seeds is it a reasonable substitute to use dried cumin?

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                      9lives Jul 15, 2008 01:05 PM

                      This will veer into "home cooking," but I usually grind the cumin seeds too..maybe mix with mustard seeds and other spices..depends on what I'm making. I don't use the whole seeds in cooking too often.

                      Some people like to toast the seeds before grinding.

                      If I'm feeling lazy, and need a lot of cumin for a meal, I'll let Polcari's grind it.

                      I just find that spice powders don't seem to keep their flavor as long as whole seeds or whole peppers.

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                        galleygirl Jul 15, 2008 09:35 PM

                        I use both. Some recipes just call for ground cumin, but for some Indian , and Indian-influenced recipes, there's something about heating the oil, and throwing the seeds into it til they release their scent, that just can't be beat. Makes me weak in the knees!

                    2. TomH Jul 15, 2008 12:29 PM

                      Christina's Spice in Inman Square, Cambridge and Penzey's Spice in Arlington.

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