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Satisfying and rehydrating Indian Lemonade (nimbu pani or shikanji) has some secret ingredients that make it the perfect electrolyte solution. It is also good for summer cleanses and juice fasts, similar to the trendy “Master Cleanse”.

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Saffron is a delicious and healthy addition to black, green and herbal teas! Research has confirmed that saffron has anti-depressant and relaxing qualities. An extract of saffron was even featured on the Dr. Oz Show as a remedy for emotional, nervous eating!

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Saffron Extract is an easy way to get the most out of this precious and expensive spice. Since it can take from 10-15 minutes for saffron threads to infuse into hot water, making an extract beforehand is both a time-saver and helps to distribute the flavor better.

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Think beyond curry. These unexpected spice blends from India are exciting and totally different from the average Indian fare. They also make wild ingredients in fusion food.

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This authentic East Indian recipe uses Panch Pooran, a classic blend of five savory spices. The whole seeds pop during cooking, releasing a delicious aroma and adding great flavor and texture to an otherwise simple dish.

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A fragrant, sweet Indian yogurt dip or sauce (raita). Traditionally, raitas are used as a mild sauce or side dish to mellow down spicy dishes, and to improve digestion. “Mukwas” is the traditional after-dinner breath-freshening mix, and makes a special addition to this raita.

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Here is a tasty, simple salad that becomes instantly exotic and unique with Chaat Masala, a zesty, little-known spice mix from India.

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Spice Station's Tourtiere Blend

Tourtiere Spice Blend, a holiday delight.

Tourtière is the classic holiday meat pie of Canada’s Québécois people.

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Aleppo Pepper is a "culinary casualty" of the Syrian War

The civil war in Syria is not only a humanitarian tragedy, but is also disrupting the global spice trade.

Syria’s rich, ancient food culture and balmy climate make it a top producer of many popular Mediterranean herbs and spices. The Spice Station’s supply of top quality syrian sumac, cumin and za’atar has been cut off. Although we are able to find other sources of those herbs, the unique Aleppo pepper is only available from Syria.

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Exotic, purple-black Urfa pepper

Purple-black Urfa Biber is an unforgettable Turkish spice.

A funny name, a rich purple color, a choco-raisin-spice aroma, and a mouthwatering fruity, peppery flavor. This unforgettable exotic spice is something to get excited about. Read the rest of this entry »