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Musie Dec 29, 2012 05:51 PM

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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    knucklesandwich RE: Musie Dec 29, 2012 05:54 PM

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

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      JungMann RE: knucklesandwich Jan 14, 2013 11:22 AM

      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.

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        GH1618 RE: JungMann Jan 14, 2013 12:02 PM

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

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          JungMann RE: GH1618 Jan 14, 2013 12:18 PM

          Oops! Thanks for catching that.

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      Kelli2006 RE: Musie Dec 29, 2012 11:26 PM

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

      The Spice House ships to Canada.


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        Maximilien RE: Musie Dec 30, 2012 04:53 AM

        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.


        I would imagine they ship in the ROC.

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          Harters RE: Musie Dec 30, 2012 10:12 AM

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


          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/

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            HillJ RE: Musie Dec 30, 2012 01:32 PM

            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!


            You won't be disappointed.

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              MsMaryMc RE: HillJ Dec 30, 2012 01:42 PM

              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.

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              Querencia RE: Musie Dec 30, 2012 07:36 PM

              Are you near a city? There are so many Indian people living in the US now that Indian grocery stores are in every big city. In Chicago we have Devon Avenue which Indian friends tell me is famous in India. Not only Indian spice mixtures are sold Devon Avenue's many markets, but spices commonly used in the US are much less expensive, eg a pound bag of whole cloves for $3.99.

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                HillJ RE: Querencia Dec 30, 2012 07:52 PM

                Really an entire lb? I've seen whole cloves for $3.99/oz..not a lb. That's incredible pricing. WSM would charge $48.00 for a lb of whole cloves.

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                  MsMaryMc RE: HillJ Dec 30, 2012 10:05 PM

                  ...not to mention it would take most home cooks forever to use up an entire pound of most spices! Even if there was a price break, I'd prefer to buy an ounce or two at a time--the rest would go stale before I could use it.

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                  Harters RE: Querencia Dec 31, 2012 03:28 AM

                  Amazingly cheap cloves. Here in the UK, they'd cost around £1.50 for 50g at the asian shops.

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                  GH1618 RE: Musie Jan 14, 2013 10:08 AM

                  I chose The Spice House (Chicago) for their large selection and well-designed website. I don't know much about Indian spices, though, so check it out They do ship to Canada.

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                    GH1618 RE: Musie Jan 14, 2013 10:20 AM

                    This might be a better source, as TSH does not seem to have a prepared chaat masala blend. But they do not state whether they will ship to Canada.


                    1. jpr54_1 RE: Musie Jan 14, 2013 12:21 PM

                      these r the companies

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                        Lipant RE: Musie Feb 18, 2013 12:12 PM

                        SilkRoadSpices.ca is Canadian and are extremely dependable and fast. They have a great selection of spices. I have had other spice merchants sell me products with bugs in them, (yeeeow!) but these people are CLEAN.

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