looking for great indian pickles and chutneys
What are your favourite Indian pickles and chutneys? One other question - Loblaws no longer seems to be carrying the Patak's Lime Pickle I love. Has anyone else noticed it's been scarce? Thoughts and recommendations welcome. Thanks!
Indian store on Bloor just west of Ossington on the south side of the street next to some nail beautifying place. Has a broad range including Swad...and an assortment of other indian brands...
other side of the street a bit further down, the bulk food store opposite Long and McQuade usually has a reasonable range of Pataks. But Pataks you should really be able to find in pretty much any big grocery...loblaws just has gotten shitty at keeping things in stock (cutting costs).
I've noticed a shortage of Patak product at loblaws as well. I like Patak's chilli pickle the best.
Chutney wise, if it's not homemade product, we like Shah's mint and coriander chutneys. I think we tried Nirav's coriander chutney once but didn't like it as much. Other household hits include Maggi Masala Chilli Sauce (looks like ketchup but brother it ain't ketchup!), and a sweeter green chilli sauce from Sri Lanka, MD brand. I tend to pick this stuff up at smaller Indian groceries, like the one at Dufferin & Center, or the shops along Goreway.
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If you want to go to a pretty one stop kind of place, Iqbal's Halal Food is the closest thing to an Indian superstore that I am aware of in town. It is around Thorncliffe and Overlea, behind the Timmy's and across from a Mosque and a really good Bikram studio.
They have an encyclopaedic selection of fruit, veg, spices, rices and breads, and some of their own house brand fresh chutneys, in addition to having a Halal butcher (that part of the store always has lineups and takes time). One of the few places in town to find fresh turmeric and pomelo.
Next door, they have a decent take-out, dine-in resto that serves very reasonable food including some of the hard to find brain curries. Not sure if the sweet shop nearby is affiliated, but it's pretty good as well.