Where to buy good Indian spices in SF, North Bay or Redwood City area
We usually buy them at Indian Bazar on Valencia but interested in other suggestions as I live in Sonoma and dont get to the city very often - sometimes just drive through down 19th
since FullPalate posted this http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/2604...
I'm now shopping at Jai Ho Indian Grocery
Parking in the Safeway Shopping Center on Webster Street - the store is located near Popeye's Fried Chicken -
1462 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
... making snacks of besan batter-fried peanuts
Vallejo! Called 'Bazaar' and it has very little indication from the outside that it is a very large, well-stocked Indian grocery. It's in a mall at the end of Sonoma Blvdhttp://national.citysearch.com/profile/37924268/vallejo_ca/bazaar.html
I was blown-away when my brother took me. Look for a Popeye Chicken on the corner of the mall.
There is a small store in RWC (forget name) on Broadway but am not a fan...use it only for emergencies. Will you be coming thru Peninsula/South Bay this weekend? In Cupertino, not far from Hwy 85 on De Anza is Kumud Groceries. Good selection of vegetables as well as other goods.
Also, it looks like there is a new Kumud Groceries in Belmont (don't know if it's related) right off 101...haven't been. This is in addition to Namaste Plaza on Ralston just past El Camino which is decent.
1390 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954
10255 S De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, CA
I was in Kumud in Cupertino and Namaste in Belmont last week, and the new Kumud in Belmont on Tuesday. I've been to Namaste more often and it has a better selection of seasonal vegetables and fresh herbs than either Kumud. Namaste always has long green fresh chilis, not found at either Kumud. Tindora is in season and Namaste had some, whereas neither Kumud did. I used to shop at the Kumud in Newark, and it had more interesting vegetables than these recent visits to Cupertino or Belmont. Kumud does have more variety of brands on the floor. The pulses were priced a little bit higher than Namaste. Kumud's spice selection seemed a little larger but I've not tapped out Namaste's yet, but getting close!
For almost all of my needs, Rainbow Grocery beats the Indian specialty offerings hands down. What they have is fresh, which is all too often not true elsewhere. If you're looking for Indian groceries, not just spices, that's a different story. But for spices, Rainbow rules.
1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103
re: Melanie Wong
I guess my needs are pretty basic. But RG goes well beyond basics. Looking at my spice rack I have many (6) peppers (whole, ground, coarse ground), cumin, coriander, cloves, allspice, fenugreek, fennel, ginger, cardamom (black, brown), turmeric, saffron, cinnamon, carraway, a fairly generic garam masala... plus they have fresh items like ginger, lemon grass, turmeric. My impression is, if they can move it, they stock it, otherwise not. What they have is always fresh and so much more piquant than the norm.
Thanks, fenugreek and black cardamom aren't that common. But I guess you're saying that Rainbow doesn't have 20 different masala blends from various regions in India. The Indian grocers I go to in the South Bay seem to be in perpetual motion trying to restock the shelves and bins so I haven't had a problem with freshness. I take a look at Rainbow the next time I'm there and give it a try.
1462 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
We (live in SF - mission) and buy our indian groceries from:
Patel India Foods
650 San Bruno Avenue East, San Bruno - (650) 583-6559
621 San Mateo Avenue
San Bruno, CA 94066-3611 (650) 589-6388
None of these compare to the superior stores in the South Bay, but they are good enough for your regular needs.