Shortly after becoming a vegetarian, I received a
copy of Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Indian
Vegetarian Cooking by Yamuna Devi. This cookbook was my
first introduction to the myriad flavours of Indian cooking
traditions. Even before visiting an Indian restaurant, I was
learning the secrets of the spicy cooking techniques of India in my
Of course this meant I needed to find somewhere to purchase the
dals and spices that are unique to the region, and I was excited to
discover India Spice Centre, now located at 611 Wonderland Road
North in London, Ontario.
The Indian grocery is owned and run by a lovely
Indian lady named Sandhya Vattikonda. She has been in business for
five years and often participates in food festivals and events
throughout the city, promoting Indian culture and cuisine at
Sunfest, the annual Western Fair, and the upcoming Indian Festival
to name a couple. India Spice Centre is one of the few remaining
Indian groceries remaining in the city, but it's so well-stocked,
and reasonably priced, I've no doubt Indian chefs in the city are
more than satisfied.
I can still remember the very first time I visited the store. If
the aromatic experience wasn't enough, I was excited to find all of
the ingredients I'd been hoping to find and more. Like me, Sandhya
is a firm believer in making food from scratch.
In addition to an extensive variety of spices and
spice blends, dals and legumes, rice, produce, tea, chutneys and
pickles, shoppers can choose from a selection of Indian sweets and
pastries prepared in a kitchen located at the back of the store. I
can never resist picking up some samosas and onion bhaji when I
make a trip, and this visit was no different.
Inspired by my visit, I decided to once again make Mushroom Methi Curry with Basmati Onion Rice,
as I also picked up some Kasoori Methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
which I didn't have on hand last time I made it. Serve with Urad Dal with Tomatoes and an Indian flatbread
for a satisfying and tasty vegetarian Indian meal.
Lisa shares her passion for food daily at Lisa's
Vegetarian Kitchen. The spicier, the better.
Posted: Fri, Sep 07 2007