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Where to buy spices

I'm looking for a good website to buy hard to find spices and spice mixes. I am mainly after Indian spices, and in particular a chaat masala spice mix.

I've tried eBay, but I guess I want a little more than what they can offer. Suggestions?

My main requirement is that they will post to Canada.

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  1. Kalustyan's in NYC is legendary, and they ship "overseas".

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    1. re: knucklesandwich

      Kalustyan's is a great resource for one stop shopping in Manhattan, but when you have the world at your fingertips, they are rather marked up.

      Khana Pakana, a South Asian recipe forum, has a shopping site that delivers to Canada and it appears their prices are about in line with what I would expect to pay at my local Indo-Pak grocer. When considering which chaat masala to buy, I would recommend Shan brand. I find their mixes generally require the least adulteration at home.
      http://shop.khanapakana.com/

      1. re: JungMann

        You must mean "adjustment" instead of "adulteration."

    2. I thought about Penzeys but they add on about $65 surcharge for Canadian shipping.

      The Spice House ships to Canada.

      http://www.thespicehouse.com/info/shi...

      1. Épices de Cru in Montreal have Chaat Masala, in "small" quantity,but if you want larger quantity, I think you should contact them and arrange something; they're a nice bunch.

        http://www.epicesdecru.com/fr/

        I would imagine they ship in the ROC.

        1. A quick Google turns up this company in Toronto which has online sales and does sell south asian spices.

          http://www.ehouseofspice.com/index.ph...

          And here's soem more Toronto based companies which should be worth exploring. http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2012/...

          And another based in Calgary - http://www.silkroadspices.ca/

          1. Excellent source, prices are very competitive and fair, and you can buy as little as 2 oz. of whole or freshly ground to order spices. Blends are avail too and be sure to check out their very unusual recipe file-a real keeper!

            http://www.worldspice.com/

            You won't be disappointed.

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            1. re: HillJ

              I'll second World Spice--you can't go wrong there. I'm lucky enough to live in Seattle, where I can go in the store--and if they charged me just to walk in and inhale, I'd happily pay! Their collection of customers' business cards--chefs and buyers from most of the best restaurants and artisanal producers in town--is testimony to their local reputation.