Thursday, May 10, 2007

Pudina Masala - or Fabindia

After my son's return from India a small orange tub appeared containing 'pudina masala'. Interesting. The reports I received on it were not that great.... but I took it with me to Georgia anyway to try it out.

It's wonderful!!!! Pudina masala is a spice mix consisting of Pudina (a kind of mint), Pipal, Cumin (which gives it that slight sweaty feet flavour), cloves, lemon extract, peppermint and three different kinds of salt. This particular tub is full of the organic stuff, of course; If you sprinkle it on a salad, and then add balsamic vinegar and olive oil, it's sublime! Wonder if it's possible to get it in Europe anywhere?

The company that makes it, fabindia, exports now to 33 countries, amongst whom find themselves Scotland and Wales, as well as England and Northern Ireland. That should gladden Alex Salmond's heart! Unfortunately they only export things like clothes.... but maybe, one day....

Fits in very well with Madhur Jaffrey's 'Climbing the Mango trees' which I'm reading just now. More anon.

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