660 Curries, 1 grocery
I am delving into Indian cooking with the help of the new 660 Curries by Raghavan Iyer. It's a great introduction for a novice to this cuisine. Like many cuisines, there really are more than one...regional variety is covered in many of the seasonings and explanations.
Chef Iyer's a great teacher and it's easy to see why the IACP acknowledged him as such.
Anyway...I have found only one grocery so far that carries the fresh curry leaves. It's on Harvard Ave in Coolidge Corner and some of the items there were pretty stale looking. Didn't even get my dal there because all the pkgs were outdated. The store was really warm too, so I was worried they'd be rancid.
Making one of my new favorite recipes cardamom-fennel rubbed (wild Copper River) salmon with coconut milk sauce I do notice a difference without them.
Any suggestions? T accessible would be best.
Thanks and check out the book. I'll be reviewing it soon in my column, stay tuned!
I've not yet checked their spice selection, but I recently moved to Davis Square and am delighted by the little Indian bodega there. (Across from McDonalds.) I've seen bags of various spices (whole cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, etc) of large variety, so they very well may have fresh curry leaves. Their produce selection can be nicely varied, if small, (I think that's their focus), so they may have the fresh curry leaves. Their dry bags of daal seem just fine, no visible mold.
Also, have you checked the Indian grocery in Central Square - Shalimar? They may have it.
I am a total FIEND for coconut fish curries, and your post has made me hungry. Sorry I can't write. It's 4AM.
The one right in the middle of Central (like, directly outside the Alewife-bound stairs) is my favorite in that area for selection and cleanliness. They also sell injera, if you ever find that useful. They certainly have curry leaves. They have a good stock of frozen grated coconut, which is something I haven't seen in many places.
Cheema's in Allston/Brighton is a Pakistani/Indian bodega that may have what you want. It's on Brighton Ave. before you get to the Twin Donuts coming from Brighton Center, accessible via 57 and walkable from where the 66/57 transfer stop.