1 Here I am with Bonnie Saran, a photo I posted on my blog last May about eating at her wonderful and authentic Little Kabab Station in Mt. Kisco, New York. http://www.littlekababstation.com/
2 A couple of doors down is the newly opened and much anticipated Little Spice Bazaar.
3 Bonnie and her partner in the Little Spice Bazaar, Karan Gera - Karan recently traveled to Kapurthala, a city in India's Punjab region, where he researched the traditional blending of ingredients to make the most authentic lassis.
4 Kapurthala is called the Paris of Punjab and Singh is a very common name there. Bonnie and Karan decided to have a little fun by mixing cultures and name the lassi bar, Monsieur Singh, endorsed daily, of course, by a billion Indians!
5 This is the lassi bar. Bonnie acquired the counter, and other pieces of furniture, from the local Borders, when it closed its doors. This was in the bookstore cafe.
6 Monsieur Singh Lassi is an all natural refreshing blend of probiotic Indian-style yogurt with digestive herbs, spices, and natural extracts. It is hand-crafted to promote digestive well-being and raise mental and physical energy levels.
7 In India, it's a tradition to serve cool and refreshing lassi in stainless cups, like these. Bonni and Karan will soon be selling bottled lassi also.
8 Karan uses a special lassi machine from India, which churns the beverage at a better speed than a regular blender.
9 There are several flavor combinations of lassi on the menu, as well as invigorating juice concoctions.
10 If you don't believe that Monsieur Lassi is endorsed daily by a billion Indians, you can call a random Indian and ask them why they love the lassi!
11 And here's the phone to call on. It really works!
12 Little Spice Bazaar also sells an assortment of chaat, or Indian roadside snack food. This is a chaat called Gol Gappa, a round, hollow puri fried crisp and served filled with a mixture of vegetables and tamarind chutney.
13 These are the fresh ingredients for the chaat.
14 Bonnie prepared a papri chaat, made with crisp papris wafers, diced potatoes, chick peas, chilis, yogurt, and tamarind chutney.
15 Topped with sev (chickpea flour noodles), pomegranate, and cilantro - Papri Chaat was a delightful and very tasty snack!
16 They are also serving sandwiches to go, like this Chicken Tikka Sandwich on multi-grain bread.
17 The food menu is limited, but very satisfying.
18 Across from the lassi bar are the spices.
19 There will eventually be more than 200 varieties of spices, which are being imported from India, Jamaica, and Africa.
20 Black cardamon is used frequently in Indian cuisine and is appreciated for its smoky flavor and aroma.
21 Green cardamom has a lighter flavor and aroma and is often used in traditional Indian sweets and in Masala chai, or spiced tea.
22 Did you know that mace is the lacy outer coating of the nutmeg? It is the only tropical fruit being the source of two spices.
23 Onion seeds are actually Nigella seeds and have a popular use on Indian breads.
24 Bright yellow turmeric is a key ingredient in Indian, Persian, and Thai cuisine. It has long been valued in ayurvedic medicine as an anti-inflammatory, to treat digestive and liver problems, skin diseases, wounds, and other illnesses.
25 Paprika is a spice made from the grinding of dried red bell peppers or chili peppers and depending on the pepper, paprika can range from mild to hot. It adds great color and flavor to foods.
26 Garam masala is a blend of ground spices commonly used throughout India and surrounding countries. It's composition varies greatly from region to region and is generally used in savory creations.
27 Coriander powder is derived from grinding the seeds of the cilantro plant and has a lemony citrusy flavor. Coriander is a common ingredient in curry powder and garam masala.
28 The Little Spice Bazaar also sells a vast array of imported loose tea.
29 Assam is a black tea named after the region of its production in India. It is appreciated for its brisk, malty flavor and is the component in many 'breakfast' teas.
30 Spa Detox tea is an herbal blend specifically designed to provide essential antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals and to rid the body of toxins.
31 Matcha tea is a finely milled green tea powder, which is loaded with anti-oxidants. The Monsieur Singh Lassi bar serves an excellent lassi made with this healthful powder.
32 Just as it says, the caffeine has been removed from this green tea and tropical flavors have been infused.
33 Spices and herbs can be purchased in varying amounts and packaged in these reusable stacking tin boxes.
34 You can also buy small quantities in these little corked glass bottles.
35 Fresh and aromatic spices make an excellent gift for those who love to cook and tin spice containers, like this one, are available for purchase, to fill as you like.
36 There are fun and descriptive signs throughout the shop.
37 These are fresh curry leaves, which have nothing to do with curry powder, although ground curry leaves may be found in curry powder. Curry leaves impart a pleasant lemony zest to all sorts of vegetable and meat dishes.
38 The shelves of Little Spice Bazaar are well-stocked with a wide assortment of Indian products. There are many varieties of basmati rice to choose from, a staple of the Indian diet.
39 You'll find a wide assortment of staples in the back of the store.
40 Many of these products are ingredients that Bonnie uses to prepare the foods served at Little Kebab Station and that customers always inquired about where they could be purchased.
41 Chikki is a traditional Indian sweet, typically made with nuts, seeds, and puffed grains.
42 There are many jarred condiments to choose from, like this garlic relish, a spicy pickled garlic and concentrated curry paste, flavored with coriander and cumin.
43 Thums Up, now owned by the Coca Cola company, is a best-selling cola in India. Some say it is an acquired taste.
44 Parle-G, with a young girl on the package, is one of the oldest brand names in India and, it is said, to be the largest selling brand of biscuits in the world!
45 Poha is a par-boiled rice whose grains have been flattened. It is a popular breakfast item in India.
46 Nutrela High Protein Soya Chunks are a high-protein meat substitute.
47 Dal is a thick stew made from various dried lentils, peas, and beans.
48 Sev is a crisp type of noodle made from chick pea flour and is used to top almost all chaats.
49 Ghee, a type of clarified butter, is widely used in Indian cuisine.
50 More popular condiments - Pani Puri Concentrate is made from dates, tamarind, and a mix of spices. Green Chili Chutney is made from chili peppers and flavored with coriander.
51 Tamarind Chutney is the Indian version of barbecue sauce.
52 Shortcuts for the kitchen - ginger & garlic paste, ginger paste, and garlic paste
53 These boxes contain the necessary spices for various dishes.
54 These are cans of soft cottage cheese dumplings, one with cardamon-flavored sugar syrup and the other with rose-flavored syrup.
55 There is a nice selection of incense.
56 Little Spice Bazaar also has a selection of ayurvedic soaps and creams like this Vicco Turmeric skin cream, made from turmeric, sandalwood oil, and rose water. It's said to be very soothing.
57 Chandrika soap is made with pure vegetable oils, such as purified coconut oil, sandalwood oil, patchouli oil, and soothing wild ginger.
58 There are also ayurvedic face packs made by Ayur. These are said to be very soothing.