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Jan 29, 2014 06:14 PM

Himalayan Treasures for Spices

Himalyan Treasures at University Square (across King from Pucks Alley) now sells Indian Spices at what seems to me to be very good prices in a variety of sizes. I don't know what I would do with a 5 pound bag of Garam Masala, but I can get it there - as well as a more convenient size. They also have a variety of snacks, sauces, beans, peas, etc.

I guess I'm gonna have to learn some Indian cooking now.

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  1. The Indian Store now has competition?

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    1. You can get most of those spices in the quantities you want from the bulk spice section next door at Kokua Market. Most ground spices lose a lot of their potency/flavor after 6 months, so it is usually not cost effective to buy large quantities to "save money." Better to buy just what you need when you will use it soon.

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      1. re: macaraca

        Curry spices can keep for a long time... I have some that I bought some years ago and it is as good ... To perk it up, you need to sauté fresh ginger and onion/garlic and the dry spices need to be mixed with little water to form a paste and add to the sautéed fresh spices above until the aroma permeates the kitchen space. After that you can add the main ingredients and other additional spices called for.

        1. re: macaraca

          agreed macaraca. like i said i have no idea what i would do with a 5 pound bag, but they have it there - and they have smaller sizes too, at reasonable prices. for whatever reason I've never been a fan of kokua market, but either way its good to have options.

          1. re: KaimukiMan

            Price wise - Kokua is more expensive than Down To Earth, IMO.