We’re working up a longer post on the deals you can find at Indian food markets, but the recipe for Too-Tired-to-Cook Curry reminded us of the huge savings on spices these stores offer.
Check out the photo: a 1.5-ounce jar of coriander powder was $5.99 at our local supermarket, compared with $1.49 for a seven-ounce bag at the Indian store.
The savings on cumin powder are even more dramatic. These days, many recipes call for cumin—not just for Indian food but for a wide range of dishes, including Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, Cuban, and Tex-Mex. Perhaps because of its sudden popularity, cumin tends to be obscenely marked up at supermarkets, where a 1.5-ounce jar runs between $4 and $7. At Indian markets, however, you can get a 14-ounce bag of cumin powder for about $4.
Although online grocery sites also offer some good deals on spices, it’s worth googling “Indian grocery” and your city’s name to see what’s available locally.