Many of the spices and herbs and even some of the ingredients listed out in Grandma's recipes were just not available. Most grocery stores in the locality were brimming with spices but often some ingredient was hard to find. For instance, when I wanted to make Kashmiri Dum Aloo that my Grandma had mastered when she was in India, I could not find Nutmeg in the nearby store. The query for asafetida was also met with a blank stare. That is when I decided that it was about time to take my search for herbs and spices online.
Following this, I used the power of Google to identify a few websites that sold herbs and spices online. A quick search through forums and relevant websites pointed out some of the genuine stores. After this, it was just a matter of browsing through stores and finding the supplier who had an extensive product list as well as customer friendly delivery policies. Some of the points that I looked out for included:
In this way, I am able to procure the herbs, spices and ingredients that I need for many exotic cuisines.