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Where can I find chana masala spice mix

Herne Nov 4, 2012 10:06 AM

preferably in a Supermarket in the GTA?

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    jl_1978 Nov 7, 2012 02:19 PM

    If you're lazy, one of the better kits I've tried is Gourmantra... I bought this for the first time at CNE a few years ago, but have seen it at Metro and Costco (might not be at Costco any more). Comes with spices, tomato paste, and rice. You need chick peas and an onion.
    Their butter chicken is also good. Add chicken and cream I think.


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    1. re: jl_1978
      1sweetpea Nov 7, 2012 02:28 PM

      Why do you need to find a chana masala spice mix? You can use garam masala, which you'll find in any Indian store (or even better, buy the individual spices in small quantities at Bulk Barn or an Indian shop and toast and grind your own blend). The only oddball ingredient outside of the garam masala is dried mango powder (amchoor), which you can also buy in any Indian shop. If you can't find it, lemon juice will be a reasonable substitute. I had a Punjabi roommate in university who made chana masala regularly and used her mom's homemade garam masala and no other dried spices.

      1. re: 1sweetpea
        jl_1978 Nov 7, 2012 02:54 PM

        Yes, that's a lot cheaper too, which is why I started with "If you're lazy". I made butter chicken sauce from scratch before and bought all the individual spices which I remember were fairly cheap. But then my whole pantry started smelling like the spices and I had to store them in air tight containers. As someone who only makes this stuff a few times a year, I'd gladly pay the premium for a pre-measured kit where the spices are sealed in a foil bag.

        1. re: jl_1978
          Herne Nov 7, 2012 04:18 PM

          I maybe lazy but I think a more accurate description of the situation is that I had never seen or heard of Chana masala in my life before late last week.. So using a mix is a rationale thing to do at first.

          1. re: jl_1978
            Herne Nov 8, 2012 10:34 AM

            Well I bought the mix this am. $1.49 and the package says it serves 40. That is about 3 cents a serving. Hard to see how buying the spices and grinding them has much room to save any money.

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        Tatai Nov 4, 2012 10:39 AM

        Any Indian or Pakistani grocery store. Gerrard East in Toronto... Iqbal Foods in East York... Brampton...

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          ngmatthe Nov 4, 2012 01:32 PM

          Any supermarket in Brampton will also carry this hahha

          1. re: ngmatthe
            Herne Nov 5, 2012 10:14 AM

            Thanks for the replies. I'll get to Iqbal in Wednesday or Thursday

            1. re: Herne
              MissBingBing Nov 5, 2012 10:43 AM

              Gerrard Street?

              1. re: MissBingBing
                NonStickSteel Nov 7, 2012 02:01 PM

                I would second this. Little India at Gerrard and Coxwell is probably your best bet. BJ Supermarket would probably have it.



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