Ten Reasons To Visit Your Local Indian Grocery

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If you've driven around the suburbs, you've undoubtedly seen countless Indian groceries dotting the strip malls. They're everywhere. And while they have a lot of similarities with other ethnic grocers in the area, many of which are much larger, they do have some ingredients that are hard to find elsewhere. They also have rock-bottom prices.

The pictures here were taken at the Indo Pak Market on Dickerson Parkway just across the PGBT from H-Mart in Carrollton, but most Indian groceries will have a similar offering. A lot of them have really cheap cafes as well. Here are 10 things worth the visit.

Goat: (pictured above) if you want to make authentic Indian curries at home, you've got to ditch the lamb and go with gamey goat. It's by far the more popular protein for cooking in India and has a more intense, rich flavor.

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Kulfi:This frozen dessert is lower in milk fat than ice cream and gelato and lower in calories too. The funny thing is it's more filling at the same time. This pistachio flavor from Kaurina is one of my favorites.

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Cheap spices: One barrier to getting into Indian cooking is all the spices you'll have to before you even fire up your karahi. This massive, 14-ounce container of ground coriander costs $4.99. The quality of these spices is not as good as what you'd get at a premium grocery store, but you can make up for some of the lack of potency by buying the spices whole at an Indian grocery and then grinding them yourself. Really, you should be grinding your spices fresh every time you cook. The difference in intensity and flavor is amazing compared to preground spices.

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Frozen breads: If you've ever tried to make parathas at home, you know how good the fresh baked breads can be. You also know what a pain in the ass they are to make, especially if you're preparing food for large groups. (Something that Indian cooking lends itself to, nicely.) If you need a lot of bread fast, these loaves, cooked in a skillet straight from frozen dough are great in a pinch.

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Ghee: cow ghee, if you can believe it. Clarified butter cooked until it is devoid of water produces an almost nutty flavor and lends intense richness to dishes. If you want to skip the frozen breads above, you'll need ghee to make parathas from scratch. Or if you want a killer breakfast, try scrambling some eggs in some of the liquid gold with thinly shaved shallots and some curry leaves, which brings me to...


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Mantikos
Mantikos

Nothing beats Basmati rice, long grained and aromatic

xdarkridex
xdarkridex

Super H Mart in Carrollton (soon to be Plano as well) is rice heaven.  May not have the aromatics you find in Indian groceries, but you'll find extremely high quality medium grain rices for pennies.  (We've been paying around $7-10 for 15 pounds.)  They also carry the Kulfi.  The Koreans know their food, so they have quite a bit of imported stuff as well, including Eastern European goods I've never even heard of.  (Per the movie Red, Moldova sucks, but their pastries are really tasty!)

 

Not bashing the Indian markets, but mixing up your shopping among the cultures is the best way to go.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I've always wanted to like Indian cuisine.  But, I just don't.

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2 bucks for a bunch of cilantro?? Wal-Mart and Kroger by me are both usually around $.50.

Ghee easy to make at home.

And spices in bulk at central market are even cheaper than packaged at any market.

And if you want goat, find a local farmer, that's where I get mine. 

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

 @Mantikos You've got that right. Although, I now prefer organic (Indian) brown Basmati rice.

Sprout's sells a very good brand.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

 @test Scott said a bunch of cilantro was .33 cents.

it's even cheaper (along with a lot more) at the Asian markets.

 

I like shopping at Indo-Pak behind First Chinese BBQ. Very clean and, the ladies working there are very helpful. The pictures look like they were taken at Indo-Pak.

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