Tuesday, February 17, 2015

RawSpiceBar February 2015 Spice Route: India

RawSpiceBar sends you spices every month.  The month of February 2015 sends us to India and has two delicious recipes and three spice blends.  This is a new subscription that debuted in January and I am totally in love with it.  I enjoy cooking and have also been  loving the introduction to new recipes as well as the fragrant spices each pouch includes.
When you open your mailer, the first thing you will see is the cutest packaging ever.  The pouch always has the BEST pattern.  I've been keeping them because I love them as much as the spices.

The Cost: $18 for 3 months ($6/month)

What You GetReceive 3-4 hand-picked, small batch, freshly ground spice blends. Each monthly spice box contains 2-3 ounces of spice blends, creating three dishes for serving 8-10. You will also receive kitchen-tested, detailed recipes and ideas for each spice blend you receive as well as a background on our monthly chef and spice blends every month.

For $6 a month you can receive hand selected spices of the highest quality, most flavorful spices available. The spices are sourced globally and are fair trade and organic as often as possible. Not to mention the fact that they are ground and blended days before they are shipped to you for the best possible flavor.

RawSpiceBar Rose and Chai Spices- Since February is the host of Valentine's Day, they've included a cookie recipe by Punjab Chef Vishwa Mohan.  This is one of his families recipes!  The spices included to make the cookies contain rosebuds, green cardamom, ginger, black tea, cinnamon, black peppercorn, nutmeg, cloves and fennel.
The spices are all finely ground in a way that makes them easy to incorporate into cooking.  Mix with flour for the Chai and Rose Nankhatai Cookie recipe which is included or steep in cream or a simple syrup for a flavorful concoction.
Tandoori Spices and Punjabi Garam Masala-  Both of these spice packets can be used to make Punjabi Chicken Tikka Masala.  The recipe is included with your spices and looks amazing.  I'm going to be making this recipe.  In fact, I waited awhile to do this review, hoping I would feel better and up to cooking but it's taking me too long so I'm just posting this without delicious food photos.
On the left is the Garam Masala spice mix with coriander, cumin, tej patta, kashmiri chilies, arbol chilies, green cardamom, black cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black peppercorn, ginger and nutmeg.

On the right is the contents of the Tandoori Spice packet.  It has coriander, cumin, kashmiri chilies, turmeric, garlic, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, kasoori methi, ginger, cardamom and black peppercorns.

VERDICT: I wish I could explain to you the raptures the scents of these RawSpiceBar spices send me into. Haha!  I'm serious.  They smell SO good and you can smell them from so far away!  *drools*  If you love to cook, I think you should try this out!  It's $6 a month, sold in increments of 3 months.  I've had so much fun so far, using the recipes that have been provided as part of the shipment.  Keep in mind that the amount of spices included are for recipes of meals for 8-10 people!  It is a lot of spice!
The packets are resealable so if you're like me and you cook for two, you can get quite a few uses out of each spice portion.  I'm going to be halving the recipe for Tikka Masala and will be able to make it twice.  Or use them for another Indian recipe I find.  We love Chicken Tikka Masala but I've never made it on my own.  I'm actually pretty excited about it.

To sign up for this subscription, head to www.rawspicebar.com and choose your length!  Then get read for freshly ground, freshly toasted, extremely aromatic spices to be delivered to your door.  I think this is a wonderful opportunity for experienced cooks and newbies alike.


  1. I'm drooling just looking at this pictures, lol. The Rose and Chai Spices blend sounds YUM!

    1. I'm making the chicken tikka masala right now. My chicken is marinating in yogurt, ginger, garlic and tandoori spices for the next couple hours :D

  2. 2 - 3 oz. is a lot. not 0.2 - 0.3 oz?

    1. It's a lot of spices. I measured what I have left and it's 1.2oz and that's after having used some for one dinner. So it was probably 2oz total to start with or something close. I'll have to measure next time before I use any to make sure :D