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Guide to shopping in an Indian grocery

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Well worth a visit if you haven’t ventured into one of Sydney’s many ‘spice shops’. What could you buy? Try the Basmati rice: heaps cheaper, and much better quality, than your usual supermarket variety. The wide range of Indian breads in the freezer sections could be interesting. Give paneer a try, Indian cottage cheese, which you could put in your salads, pan fry like haloumi or cook into a curry. Pappadums are a great snack if you are gluten-sensitive: give them a whirl in the microwave, or better still, roast with tongs over an open flame. If you’ve cooked Indian before, you will love the variety in lentils on offer, and you could pick up a bunch of fresh curry leaves for a tenth of the price at Harris Farm. How about some mithai (desserts?) Try the Nanak or Haldi Ram brand rasmalai from the freezer section – finger-licking good. And on your way out, don’t forget to pick up a free copy of the latest Indian Link issue.

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