Hello, My husband is SO hard to buy for. It's his birthday next month, he's a real foodie. He's been looking at a curry cookbook and I had the idea to buy it, along with some main ingredients and other things to fill a hamper/basket. I was thinking of adding some fresh herbs and balti dishes as well. Does anyone have any other ideas I can add to it?
A spice grinder or pester and mortar? Whole dry spices? (They keep better and look nicer!) How are you giving the fresh herbs? Pot of coriander? Pot of chilli? Tins of coconut milk if you need to bulk it out?
A chilli plant , Homebase have some ATM and Sainsbos. Curry leaves, Indian stores sell bags Ditto black mustard seeds My Indian friend also gave me a pot of her mothers masala. It is amazing. Def a coriander plant
Yes get thee to an Asian supermarket! I'd include - - fresh garlic, chillies and ginger - bunch of fresh curry leaves or fenugreek - some interesting unusual vegetables e.g. bitter gourd or karelia - some packets of individual spices - ground coriander, cumin, turmeric, asafoetida, amchoor (mango powder), panch phooran (a type of spice mix) - Some 'fun' packets of stuff e.g. falooda mix - a small bag of besan (gram flour - to make bhajis) - a pack of paneer (indian cheese used in curries) - couple of bags of pulses if he is into cooking with them e.g. channa dal, to make a lovely dhal - pack of chappati/roti or some maida (wholewheat) flour to make some
Indian cookware is great - look out for a tawa (a slightly curved flat iton, great for making chappatis); a heavy weight solid granite mortar and pestle; stainless steel lassi cups; masala tin etc.
Love Asian supermarkets! Luckily am spoilt around where I live.
Mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds Tamarind paste (you can get it in Waitrose and it is soooooooo lovely). Chaat mix Coconut milk Channa dhal Geeta's mango chutney is gorgeous Lime pickle Aubergine pickle