Brooklyn Delhi Tomato Achaar
Robust, savory-sweet Tomato Achaar features bright tomato fruit enhanced with tart tamarind, earthy garlic and nutty sesame oil, for a subtly spiced, well-rounded sauce with just the right amount of tang. The achaar's mild heat level and smooth consistency make it an easy, complexly flavored substitute for tomato paste in soups and sauces.
Brooklyn Delhi Roasted Garlic Achaar
Even those averse to raw garlic will love Brooklyn Delhi's Roasted Garlic Achaar, which showcases the caramelized, mellow qualities of roasted garlic. This bold sauce has spicy-sweet notes up front, followed by an aromatic lemony tang and lingering mustard pungency; just a small amount will add depth and nuance to any meal.
Pure Indian Foods Organic Tamarind Paste
Pure Indian Foods’ organic tamarind paste has a pure, clean flavor with a bracing tartness. This thick, smooth paste is our favorite form for using tamarind as a souring agent. While fresh pods are available in some markets, it’s more commonly sold as a concentrate or as dense blocks of pulp that need labor-intensive soaking and straining; both forms sacrifice nuanced flavor in favor of convenience, whereas this tamarind paste is both easy to use and intensely flavorful. Pure Indian Foods, which traces its roots to 1889 in northern India, still uses traditional methods to make its products. The company’s pantry staples have a complexity and authenticity that just can’t be imitated.
Pure Indian Foods 1.1 Pounds Organic Jaggery
Organic jaggery is a raw, unprocessed Indian sugar produced from unfiltered sugarcane juice. We love this one from Pure Indian Foods for its deep, earthy flavor—reminiscent of maple and caramel—and its moist, almost creamy, yet crumbly texture. The family-owned company traces its roots to 1889 in northern India and sources pantry staples have a complexity and authenticity that just can’t be imitated. Use jaggery as an all-purpose sweetener; it pairs well with warm spices like cinnamon, allspice and cardamom or with anything coconut or citrus.
Pure Indian Foods Organic Cultured Ghee
Pure Indian Foods cultured ghee is a shelf-stable cooking fat made from butter that has been simmered to cook off its water and milk solids. It has an extremely high smoke point that makes it better for sautéing, searing and frying than other cooking oils, which can burn and develop acrid flavors.
Pure Indian Foods Organic Fenugreek Leaves
With a flavor falling between fennel and celery, fenugreek leaves add a complex bittersweet accent to all manner of Indian dishes. The dried leaves are milder than the seeds of the plant, with a deep and slightly sweet aroma that some compare to maple. Its subtle pleasant bitterness will deepen the savory flavors in a dish, and the herb pairs well with assertive spices, like those in curries. Sandeep and Nalini Agarwal's family-owned company Pure Indian Foods company uses only the best ingredients from small farms in the United States and India. Their products add a nuanced complexity and authenticity to dishes that commercial brands simply can't replicate, and the company is our most-trusted source of high-quality, boldly flavored Indian pantry staples. Add Pure Indian Foods' Fenugreek Leaves to virtually any curry dish for added dimension, such as our Potato and Green Pea Curry (Aloo Matar) or Potato and Tomato Curry (Aloo Tamatar Sabzi), both of which are inspired by a trip to Mumbai. Fenugreek leaves are also widely used in Persian cooking; try crumbling and mixing into our Baked Persian Herb Omelet (Kuku Sabzi). Or experiment on your own. We like them in lentil soups or crumbled into roasted potatoes or roasted fennel slabs, which pair well with fish, pork or chicken.
Pure Indian Foods Organic Whole DIY Garam Masala
Pure Indian Foods' Whole DIY Garam Masala is the best version of this Indian spice blend that we have tasted—plus, the most bold and aromatic, since the spices are not pre-ground. Instead, you can keep the spice mix in your pantry without it losing any potency; simply grind the whole bottle when you're ready to use garam masala. (Grind all the spices at once to retain the balanced flavor.) The company's unique blend, based on a family recipe, has a more complex flavor and aroma than other varieties. A base of black peppercorns, cumin, delicate Ceylon cinnamon, ginger and cloves provides an aromatic spicy foundation, along with two types of cardamom pods: minty, citrusy green cardamom and smokier black cardamom. Additionally, Pure Indian Foods uses hard-to-find organic mace—the outer coating of nutmeg that has a more floral flavor and basil-citrus aroma—and woody yet brightly piquant long pepper, which is essential to Indian cooking but harder to source due to its labor-intensive harvest methods. Sprinkle Pure Indian Foods' Whole DIY Garam Masala on simple baked chicken breast or salmon fillet for a quick and flavorful entree, or use it on roasted vegetables, especially squash or sweet potatoes. We especially love this garam masala with popcorn, either sprinkled directly over it or in a version of tarka, an Indian technique for blooming spices in hot fat: Coarsely grind the spices or crush them with a mortar and pestle, then toast in butter. The tarka also works great over lentils, potatoes or greens. On the sweet side, try 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala instead of the cinnamon, cardamom and ginger in our Chocolate-Almond Spice Cookies for extra spice—its intense aroma will add a next-level warmth and complexity to any spiced dessert.
Pure Indian Foods Organic Ginger Root Granules
For the zesty, warming bite of ginger without the need for grating or peeling, Pure Indian Foods' Organic Ginger Root Granules are an ideal option. This product's built-in grinder allows you to freshly grind dried ginger as you would whole peppercorns, producing evenly sized grains that are slightly more textured than powder and much more bold and flavorful. We trust the high quality of this ginger from Sandeep and Nalini Agarwal's family-owned company Pure Indian Foods, which sources only the best ingredients from small farms in India, where spice is the foundation of all cooking. The company's products add a nuanced complexity and authenticity to dishes that regular commercial brands simply can’t replicate. Try Organic Ginger Root Granules in ginger cookies, whether you feel like light, spicy Swedish Ginger Snaps (Pepparkakor) or deeper-flavored Polish Gingerbread Pepper Cookies (Pierniki). On the savory side, the texture of these ginger granules works perfectly with grilled meats, for our Coriander-Roasted Chicken or Nigerian Beef Suya crusted with peanuts and spices.
Pure Indian Foods Organic Turmeric Root Granules
Pure Indian Foods sources its turmeric root from small family farms in India and keeps it in granule form, so it provides a rich, potent earthiness to dishes. Freshly grind turmeric as you would whole peppercorns with the built-in grinder, which also keeps things mess-free—no yellow residue everywhere (a common peril of working with ground turmeric in the kitchen). Derived from the root of a leafy plant in the ginger family, this spice has earthy, almost musky notes that are released the moment you freshly grind turmeric. Use this product as part of a spice rub on chicken or salt-crusted pork tenderloin. Turmeric's warm earthiness also pairs well with vegetables, such as in our Indian-Spiced Spinach with Tomatoes and Dill or Ginger-Turmeric Potatoes and Green Beans (Aloo Faliyan). We also love it in our Indian Lentils with Spiced Oil (Tarka Dal), for which turmeric granules can be lightly crushed alongside mustard and cumin seeds to make tarka, a spice-infused oil.