So each month, an envelope arrives with 3-4 spice packets, recipes, an overview and directions:
The recipes in the packet say they feed eight to 12 people, but my experience more like 4-5 servings. I started with the February RawSpiceBar Box, which featured an array of Indian spices. What's interesting is that despite the exotic flavors, I found everything except one ingredient (fresh ginger) at ALDI. The spices are the soul of what makes these creations special.
However, this was definitely a labor of love. I like spending time in the kitchen and find working on new recipes soothing. It doesn't bother me to spend two hours chopping and simmering, but if you're racing the clock, best to save these recipes for later. Also, to see photos of the finished product, you have to go online and view them; they're not included in the package. I assume this helps keep cost down, and I usually cook with my laptop open anyhow. The Punjabi Chicken Tikka Masala was delicious over brown rice with a side of naan, and I picked up a new trick baking the Nankhatai Chai Cookies. Rice flour added a bit of crunch and an interesting texture to the cookies that I plan to try with other recipes. Also, I learned a new use for shot glasses with this recipe ... as cookie cutters.
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