Just a quick post to let you in on a great kitchen tip. Borrowing from our Indian friends… I’m now using a spice tin… or Masala Dabba. It’s a great way to keep your most used spices handy and fresh. Found in most Indian homes the tins range from 7-12 inches in diameter. The spices vary depending on region and preference. Some homes will have a few boxes… sorting their spices by powder or seed… spicy or mild. The beauty of it is it’s up to you!
In my spice box I have (L-R) ginger powder, sweet smoked paprika, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric, chili powder and in the center, whole cloves. I use these quite regularly and not just in Indian cooking!
I picked this up at World Market (also known as Cost Plus in some areas) for $9.99. But if you have neither store in your town look online. I’ve seen some that come with assorted spices as well. A see-through lid seals the box airtight while not in use. For best results keep stored in a cool, dark area as most spices lose flavor intensity when exposed to prolonged sunlight.