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  • henhog
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    • 27th Jul 05, 10:37 AM
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    • 27th Jul 05, 10:37 AM
    I am pretty sure you can (and most Indian chefs would say should) just buy the whole seeds and grind them yourself in a pestle and mortar type thing - you could just use the rolling pin on a chopping board to the same effect. I looked in my Indian cook book and basically she says that can also use the food processor or coffee griner to grind the spices.
    The book is 50 Great curries of India by Camellia Panjabi and it has pages and pages all about spices, maybe you could borrow it from your library, as she has different instructions for different spices. HTH.
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 27th Jul 05, 10:38 AM
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    • 27th Jul 05, 10:38 AM
    You can by all means buy whole seeds and grind them as needed.

    There are some curry recipes in our Old Style Recipe Collection that don't have too many ingredients in if you'd like a quick start.

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  • leonie
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    • 27th Jul 05, 10:44 AM
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    • 27th Jul 05, 10:44 AM
    I enjoy making curries from scratch (my fave is a Thai green curry that I make for dinner parties, goes down a storm!)

    I buy my spices from a oriental supermarket and it really makes a difference. I buy the whole spices and gently warm them in a heavy based fry pan. You can smell the flavour been released and it really livens up the spice. I then grind them in my coffee grinder. Chucking in dried ground spices from Tesco doesnt do it for me. And buying from the oriental supermarket is cheaper!
    • apprentice tycoon
    • By apprentice tycoon 27th Jul 05, 10:51 AM
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    • 27th Jul 05, 10:51 AM
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    • 27th Jul 05, 10:51 AM
    Hi Leonie, if you are using a coffee grinder for your spices does it taint it and therefore you can only use it for spices?
    • Zziggi
    • By Zziggi 27th Jul 05, 11:15 AM
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    • 27th Jul 05, 11:15 AM
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    • 27th Jul 05, 11:15 AM
    I've also discovered cheap spices in huge quantities in an Asian supermarket. I stock up now when i go. I spend far less than i would in asda/tescos and i get a much larger amount.

    I would really recommend Curry-Queens curries that are in the index. They are fab. After the initial outlay of the spices, you can make real authentic curries for next-to-nothing. We love 'em!
  • leonie
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    • 27th Jul 05, 11:17 AM
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    • 27th Jul 05, 11:17 AM
    Hi Leonie, if you are using a coffee grinder for your spices does it taint it and therefore you can only use it for spices?
    by apprentice tycoon
    Hi there.

    Well the thing is... I dont grind coffee in it lol! But to be honest I dont think it would taint it anyway as I grind loads of other things and they never smell of anything else.

    Once i've ground the spice, I chuck in a bit of bread and grind that, any remaining spice sticks to the bread and I throw the lot in the bin. Then I just give it a quick rinse and its fine.

    I grind aduki beans up in it and these are simply the best exfoliator ever. Once ground up, they are called japanese wash grains and the body shop used to sell them at a fiver a pot!! But that tip is probably more for the beauty thread lol!
  • nabowla
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    • 27th Jul 05, 11:39 AM
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    • 27th Jul 05, 11:39 AM
    Leonie: I love the idea of grinding up aduki beans to make an exfoliator. Where do you buy them?
  • leonie
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    • 27th Jul 05, 11:46 AM
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    • 27th Jul 05, 11:46 AM
    Leonie: I love the idea of grinding up aduki beans to make an exfoliator. Where do you buy them?
    by nabowla
    Well I buy organic ones in my local health food shop which is not a very money saving way to do it but i've seen them quite cheap in the supermarkets im sure.

    Once they are finely ground, you can make them into a paste with water and massage them into your face. They really do leave your face silky smooth and no chemicals involved unlike the store bought scrubs.

    This would be messy to do for the body so I simply make up massage bars (think lush buffy the backside slayer) I make them and give them to friends, they are very well received!
    • Meeten
    • By Meeten 27th Jul 05, 1:25 PM
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    def get the whole spices, and I 2nd the rec that you warm them through in a dry frying pan - brings out the flavour in them.

    For Indian style curries, the main ingredients are mustard seeds and cumin seeds - that with onions and chopped toms .....

    that's the small part i learned from my mom ... and she is a proffesional cook!
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    • N9eav
    • By N9eav 27th Jul 05, 9:24 PM
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    I once got a free Sharwoods recipee book, it was great. You can get most online here. they also have a good helpline if you need some extra advice.
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  • mjk
    Thanks for all replies so far - looks like whole spices is definitely the way to go. Roughly how long do they keep for? I'm trying to work out what quantities to buy.

    Also, after I've heated and ground what I need, can I store the ground spices at all, or do I really need to use them that day? E.g. if I want to make some garam masala can I make a batch and store it?

    Finally, if I can't find a handy Indiam supermarket, is there any online seller that anyone can recommend?

    Sorry for all the questions, but I've never managed to make an authentic tasting curry and I love 'em so we spend too much on takeaways!!

    Thanks again for all your help. Just going to browse Curryqueen's recipes now...
    • Rave
    • By Rave 28th Jul 05, 12:02 PM
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    Lots of my local corner shops/ convenience stores sell big, cheap bags of spices. You might not even need to go to an Indian supermarket.
    • larmy16
    • By larmy16 28th Jul 05, 8:39 PM
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    I find it difficult to get black mustard seeds. Sainsburys dont seem to do them, (only white which are ok) or Morrisons, or Waitrose. Have not seen them in the Sharwood range either.

    I know that the best place to get them is the Asian supermarkets, but that is not possible for me. I have lovely memories of going to Southall and buying up loads of spices and rice etc.
    • foreverskint
    • By foreverskint 28th Jul 05, 9:49 PM
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    Try www.natco-online.com.

    They do have a delivery charge, but sell all of the lovely big packs that you get in the asian/indian grocers. works out far cheaper than buying those little bottles. Also check out your local markets. Ours has a stall which sells a wide range of spices and goodies for indian foods, and very cheap too.
    • Zziggi
    • By Zziggi 29th Jul 05, 4:37 PM
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    Zziggi
    Try www.natco-online.com.

    They do have a delivery charge, but sell all of the lovely big packs that you get in the asian/indian grocers. works out far cheaper than buying those little bottles. Also check out your local markets. Ours has a stall which sells a wide range of spices and goodies for indian foods, and very cheap too.
    by foreverskint
    Don't know if it helps, but it is Natco or Rajah that i buy in big pack when i go to the Asian supermarket. I find Natco stuff is fine.
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