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Jan 15, 2011 01:12 PM

Where to buy coriander, fenugreek, cumin and black mustard seeds for grinding into a curry mix?

I'd like to make a homemade curry, using all the above seeds, in addition to cloves and turmeric powder. Does anyone know of a store where I could find all of these ingredients? Many thanks in advance!

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  1. Patel Brothers in Jackson Heights has everything.

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    1. re: Cheese Boy

      Agree with Patel Brothers, but note that they have four locations in Queens (and beyond), depending on what's closest for cherrypoprocks.


      Patel Brothers
      37-27 74th St, Queens, NY 11372

      1. re: PlomeekSoup

        Love Patel Brothers, they have pretty much everything, including Indian bathroom products and family planning products, if thats your thing.

        I love wandering the aisles and trying random things. Here is the gentleman greeting you


        Patel Brothers
        37-27 74th St, Queens, NY 11372

        1. re: driggs

          +1 and going to echo that sentiment. I prefer their Jackson Heights store over their other locations, and besides, JH has a very cool vibe about it.

          My latest find is ajwain seeds. They taste like a cross between black tea and oregano.
          It's a bit of an acquired taste at first, but I find it very good cooked along with rice. I'll be experimenting and searching for recipes, so if anyone has any please post some here. Thanks.

    2. If you're closer to Park Slope, I'd check out D'vine Taste on 7th Ave.

      Or get a Coop friend to get them for you . . .

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      1. re: bebevonbernstein

        I also love Patel Brothers - but find the Jackson Heights store has the best selections.

        I believe that you can get all those spices and in small quantities (by weight ) at Carmel which is a fantastic small middle eastern grocery store on 108th Street in Forest Hills. You ask at the counter and tell them you want small quantities (assuming you do) they will hook you up and although a tiny store it's very busy and the products are always very fresh. Check out the myriad of foods they offer. PRices are great too.

        Patel Brothers
        37-27 74th St, Queens, NY 11372

        1. re: bebevonbernstein

          If you're closer to Park Slope, I'd check out the Bengali stores around Church Avenue and McDonald Avenue. Lots of very cheap places there.

          1. re: JFores

            I'm also a big fan of the patel bros in JH. Great one-stop shopping for Indian stuff (tho even they lack some things I'd like) I'm not crazy about those bengali (or are they bangladeshi?) stores around Church, as I find their selection limited if one is cooking Indian and not bangladeshi or pakistani food. Tho I love the halal butchers around there.

            two other suggestions—the small patel bros grocery on 40th (?) and 4th ave in sunset park (no relation to the big chain), or, if manhattan is easier for you, the indian grocery store on south side of 28th st, just west of lex. Avoid Kalustyan's for indian spices bc its wildly overpriced. you can get everything at this store for generally a lot less.

            1. re: missmasala

              the bengali places around Church/McDonald can be hit or miss. I remember one sunday going from store to store looking for black mustard seeds (you would think they would have them, being bengali) but no luck. Having said that, Bangla Nagar is pretty good.

              However, for whole spices in downtown brooklyn I would probably go to Sahadi. If you are in manhattan, there are plenty of stores in Little India with fresh spices.

              Finally, I am wondering why you are making "curry powder". Its not really an indian ingredient and you could wind up with a banal commercial type mix. Also, seeds such as fenugreek are hard and dont grind easily. Probably just as good to buy a good commercial brand of madras curry powder like the one in the green can, or one of Kalustyans proprietary mixes.. You could also consider buying some ground fenugreek rather than seeds to add to your mix, easier.

              187 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

              Bangla Nagar
              87 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

              1. re: missmasala

                I usually hit that grocery you talk about on 28th but have not been to any of the Patel Brothers. Is Patel considerably cheaper and worth the trip from Manhattan?

                Patel Brothers
                37-27 74th St, Queens, NY 11372

                1. re: MVNYC

                  no. if you have access to the 28th St/Lex stores, its not worth the trip merely for the dry spices. for vegetables and other ingredients you will find more of a selection in Jackson Hts. IMO you will want smallish packets of the spices - the Manhattan places are good for that. You may get a cheaper bulk price in Jackson Hts but if you are not a heavy user those extra spices will go stale on your shelf.

                  1. re: MVNYC

                    It is cheaper, but Jen's right--it's not worth it for that alone. If you are a heavy user of Indian ingredients it might be worth a schlep. cheap produce and lots of veggie (like methi leaves and small eggplants) that I haven't seen in manhattan's little india. Also, huge selection of fridge/frozen goods and snack items, much bigger than the place on 28th. But just for spices or dal? not worth the trip.

                    1. re: missmasala

                      I'm also a fan of Penzy's, which has a store in Grand Central but is also mail order. Whatever you do, buy in small quantities, since the stuff can go stale within a year. When I buy from Penzy's, I usually order the smallest amount possible in a bag, and use my own jars for storage. And look for a vendor who does a lot of business--that means there is high turnover of the spices--and who preferably keeps the spices in a closed container to preserve freshness. Finally, you are better off grinding--and roasting if applicable--your own. Ground spices go stale much more quickly than whole.

            2. I'm not sure about the fenugreek, but I've gotten the other stuff you mentioned at:
              “Asia Market Corp”
              71 1/2 Mulberry St
              New York ,NY 10013
              Chinatown Neighborhood. Take the subway to “Canal Street”
              (212) 962-2028

              Staff is very helpful & friendly, I usually just give them my list and there happy to help. Prices are reasonably.