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fresh turmeric, galangal, lemongrass, and curry leaves in Westchester

roxlet Jun 16, 2012 10:38 AM

Is there any place in lover Westchester to buy these ingredients?

  1. roxlet Jun 20, 2012 11:18 AM

    My ingredient hunt was successful thanks to the tips I received here. Thank you everybody!

    At H Mart I found Galangal and lemongrass. At Bhavik I found curry leaves, fresh turmeric, curry leaves and palm sugar. Now I can have a go at some of my more exotic cookbooks!

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    1. re: roxlet
      DGresh Jun 20, 2012 12:00 PM

      So what is "fresh tumeric" and where did they have it at Bhavik? I wouldn't know it if I stepped on it I think!

      1. re: DGresh
        roxlet Jun 20, 2012 01:34 PM

        Yes, at Bhavik. I had to ask for it. "It's over there, beneath the lemons," the none-too-friendly young woman behind the counter told me. They're kind of fat worm shaped, and I asked the none-too-friendly man behind the counter how I was supposed to use them. "You peel them," he said as we both looked dubiously at these skinny little things wondering how you would do that. "Soak them first," he added. Just to be on the safe side, I bought a new bag of powdered turmeric as well. I also had to ask for the curry leaves, and those were given to me in a small cellophane package, as if they are extraordinarily valuable. I had to as the none-too-friendly young woman for them several times, including once when everything had been packaged and she had forgotten to include them. It's a very interesting shop, but a warm and fuzzy welcome was not part of the general ethos.

        Edit: OK, so here's the irony -- I went to unpack everything, and the turmeric didn't make it into my bag! Bummer!

        1. re: roxlet
          DGresh Jun 20, 2012 03:48 PM

          Wow I'm sorry you had such a disappointing visit! I confess I've never had much more interaction than asking for the curry leaves (I tend to wander around perplexed a lot before I find what I need). I did google the tumeric; does it look like ginger root somewhat?

          1. re: DGresh
            roxlet Jun 20, 2012 04:08 PM

            Galangal looks a lot more like ginger than turmeric. The turmeric wasn't as "meaty" as ginger, if you know what I mean.

        2. re: DGresh
          roxlet Jun 26, 2012 04:49 AM

          By the way, Whole Foods (at least the one in Ridge Hill) has fresh turmeric. That surprised me!

      2. d
        DGresh Jun 18, 2012 05:33 AM

        Don't know about the other ingredients, but you can get curry leaves at Bhavik in Elmsford (you might have to ask at the counter).

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        1. re: DGresh
          roxlet Jun 18, 2012 06:16 AM

          Thanks, DGresh. I just googled it, and it looks like a very interesting store? I think I will be checking it out later this week.

          1. re: roxlet
            DGresh Jun 18, 2012 07:24 AM

            It's small, but has a nice selection of rice, flours, dals, and spices, as well as a small selection of unusual fresh vegetables. Also some prepared food, but I've never tried any of it.

        2. JMF Jun 17, 2012 11:59 AM

          H Mart on Central Ave in Hartsdale. And very good prices.

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          1. re: JMF
            roxlet Jun 17, 2012 12:07 PM

            Really? They have all these things there? I thought it was only Korean and Chinese ingredients. I'll go check it out tomorrow...

            1. re: roxlet
              JMF Jun 17, 2012 05:45 PM

              They have galangal and lemongrass. I think I saw turmeric root there, not curry leaves, but I find new things every time I go.

              1. re: JMF
                roxlet Jun 17, 2012 06:29 PM

                Was this in the produce section?

              2. re: roxlet
                JMF Jun 17, 2012 05:49 PM

                Also this seller on Amazon sells fresh turmeric and curry leaves.

            2. mcf Jun 17, 2012 09:08 AM

              I think you might get more helpful responses if you ask the mods to put location in your subject header. Do you have a Fairway close by? Good for lemongrass, always, but not necessarily the rest.

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              1. re: mcf
                roxlet Jun 17, 2012 09:19 AM

                Thanks. I've asked to have that done.

                1. re: roxlet
                  mcf Jun 17, 2012 09:40 AM

                  That should help. And if you're near a Fairway, you can ask the courtesy desk to order them... they're pretty good about it.

                  1. re: mcf
                    roxlet Jun 17, 2012 11:24 AM

                    We're near the one in Pelham. I will have to ask at the courtesy desk. Thanks for the suggestion!

              2. c
                cbn456 Jun 16, 2012 01:31 PM

                I've bought lemongrass at Whole Foods in Greenwich and White Plains. Not sure about the other ingredients though.

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