My Indian Grocery Haul

Every so often, @evan and I go to Vik's Chaat in Berkeley for Indian food and a visit to the wonderful adjacent Indian grocery shop. Here's what we bought today.
  1. Paneer
    I make paneer tikka masala a few times a month and I love this brand. Paneer has lots of protein, almost zero carbs, and it makes for a great vegetarian entree. At Vik's, it costs $2-$3 less than it does at Whole Foods.
  2. Tamarind concentrate
    A sweet, slightly sour, very thick liquid made from tamarind pulp. I love glazing chicken thighs with it. You need very little, so a jar this size lasts a long time.
  3. Papadum
    These are the crispy crackers often served at Indian restaurants as an appetizer. They're made from ground lentils, and make a great snack. They are traditionally fried, but I crisp them up in the microwave or over an open flame on the stove. This brand features a small child and a pink bunny enjoying papadum together on the package.
  4. Nuts and seeds
    Excellent quality, unbeatable prices.
  5. Turmeric
    Great for curries, a natural anti-inflammatory, and proof that your local Indian grocery store is the best place to buy spices. Because they come in plastic bags instead of jars, they are very inexpensive but still very high quality. I transfer them to small mason jars when I bring them.
  6. Ghee
    Ghee is clarified butter that has been simmered with its milk solids for a long time to create a nutty, aromatic cooking fat. I use it for soups, stews, curries, and stir-fries.
  7. Besan (chickpea flour)
    I use this to make chickpea flour flatbreads and pizzas. Check out my list on socca for more information.
  8. Crunchy Indian snacks
    Evan's favorites. Crunchy and savory.
  9. Shredded frozen young coconut
    I love putting this in smoothies. It has good fat and a nice dose of fiber, which keeps me full and satisfied for longer. Plus it makes my smoothies taste tropical.
  10. Sandalwood soap
    Smells amazing, made with pure sandalwood oil, and costs $2.50 for a big bar.