I was recently contacted by the staff of Raw Spice Bar, a new company based out of Los Angeles and asked if I would like to try their newly lunched subscription service that comes with cool products. Their products are spices from around the world. Freshly ground, small batch premium spice blends that arrive at your doorsteps once a month. How cool is that! So I said yes to trying.
What you receive from Raw Spice Bar every month:
1. 2 to 4 different premium spice blends from a country or region for a particular month.
2. Spice packets contain tasting notes, origin, and history of the spices.
2. Information cards about the cuisine of the country or region, as well as bio of the chef who created the recipes.
3. Recipes cards on how to use the spices from the box.
4. Cost: $6 per month.
5. Subscription options: 3, 6, or 12 months.
6. Shipping: Free in US and Canada.
This is such an exciting and neat idea. Imagine cooking and baking something different from another country, trying new flavors and textures. Foodies who like to expand their cooking repertoire above the familiar homemade dishes will welcome this idea for sure.
Raw Spice Bar sent me the February spice box to test and with that, I was introduced to the world of Indian Punjabi flavors. Punjab has been the crossroads for many cultures throughout its history, including Greeks, Turks, Mughals, and others and this means rich culinary history with influences from different cultures. Hot, spicy, flavorful, aromatic—these are some of the characteristics of the Punjabi cuisine. The box contained packets with three spice blends:
Coriander, cumin, Kashmiri chiles, turmeric, garlic, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, Kasoori methi, ginger, cardamom, black peppercorns.
Punjabi Garam Masala:
Coriander, cumin, tej patta, Kashmiri chiles, Arbol chiles, green cardamom, black cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black peppercorn, ginger, nutmeg.
Rose & Chai Spices:
Organic rose buds, green cardamom, ginger, black tea, cinnamon, black peppercorn, nutmeg, cloves, fennel.
The box also included the information card describing the food of Punjab, the menu of the month, and the bio of Chef Vishwa Mohan, an Indian-born expert of the Punjabi dishes, who provided the recipes. Then there were the recipe cards: for Chai & Rose Nakhatai Cookies and for Punjabi Chicken Tikka Masala. I baked the cookies immediately as the spice mix intrigued me the most.
The cookie recipe worked. The amount of ingredients proved to be 100% correct and the directions were very clear and detailed. Besides the spice blend, the recipe called for rice flour, honey, butter, powdered sugar, and a few other readily available ingredients. The dough was very easy to make. The baked cookies, my friends, were something absolutely out of this world. Subtly perfumed with exotic spices, it had a nice kick from the black pepper. A unique taste I’d never tried before. Here’s the picture of my cookies. I loved them! I can’t wait to cook the tikka masala soon, too.
So, friends, if you are looking for something exciting to subscribe to and you love to cook and experiment with and learn new flavors, this is your thing. This subscription service makes it a perfect surprise gift for your foodie friends or family, too.