Aug 11, 2016

473: Anjarai Petti/ Masala Dabba- Exploring The Indian Spice Box

Spices are an integral part of the Indian kitchen and each one adds punch and flavor to the pantry. A stunning Indian spice box, also known as a “Anjarai Petti / Masala Dabba”. The masala box is a popular spice storage container widely used in Indian kitchens. A round stainless steel tin with a tight-fitting solid or glass lid, a masala dabba typically holds seven or more smaller canisters that house an array of spices that often flavor an Indian meal. I think the beauty of the masala dabba is that you can customize it to your own cooking preferences. It’s really a matter of personal taste. You can include whatever works for you. In India, masala dabbas are traditionally passed down from mother to daughter when the daughter marries and begins a new life in her husband’s home. I am using masala dabba since beginning of my cooking journey.

I have Three masala dabbas. For my Wedding, my mom gave one Anjarai Petti as Kalyana Seer(Wedding Gift) . It is very old now. Other two boxes, I bought it from Cost Plus /World Market shop. I recommend buying it from India if possible. Because it is much cheaper.

The following spices are in my  Tadka  (Tempering)  Masala Box photographed above:

1. Mustard Seeds
2. Coriander Seeds
3. Fenugreek Seeds 
4. Urdh dal
5. Chenna Dal
6. Cumin Seeds
7. Black Peppercorns

The following spices are in my Spice Powder Masala Box photographed above:

1. Turmeric Powder
2. Coriander Powder
3. Red Chili Powder
4. Kashmiri Chili Powder
5. Asafoetida powder ( Hing Powder)
6. Pav Bhaji Powder
7. Chenna Masala Powder

The following spices are in my Whole Spices Masala Box photographed above:

1. Star Anise
2. Cinnamon Sticks 
3. Green Cardamon 
4. Bay Leaves
5. Fennel Seeds
6  Nutmeg
7. Cloves 

 Clean the Masala Dabba  once in two months and dry them in sunlight.

What is in your Masala Box?

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