What's In Your Masala Dabba Or Spice-box?

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  1. Rihana

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    What's in your masala dabba? What's in the center? : )

    Do you have more than one dabba?
    Do you wash it often?
    Any stories related to the dabba?

    If no masala dabba, where do you store the tadka stuff and most used powders?
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    My primary masala dabba used to look exactly like this:
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    Salt in the center, and haldi, mirchi, mustard seeds, whole cumin, dhanya powder, cumin powder.

    Took a nap last weekend and woke up, went to the kitchen, opened the draw to get a tongs, and the masala dabba is gone. Just like that. I wishfully thought DH had emptied it to wash it as a surprise. : )

    Far from it. Child asked him, "Can I take it?" He nodded. No one thought to ask me. The dabba had my name engraved on it, I had bought it with my mother during kitchen shopping after I got my visa. : ( : (

    So, I am looking for a new one. I figured a rectangular one will be more efficient use of space. But those are very expensive online and all my friends are back from their India trips.

    Square Indian Kitchen Spice Box Masala Dabba 9 Containers Stainless Steel | eBay ($95)

    Amazon.com: Coconut Stainless Steel Square Masala Box/Spice Container/SS Lid Masala Box with 9 Bowls - Diamater - 9.7 Inches, Capacity - 180 ML Each Containers : Home & Kitchen ($120)
     
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    I have one that looks exactly like yours. It sits safe in a drawer and comes out whenever parents visit and mom takes over the kitchen.
    For myself I prefer a collection of small spice jars. They live in the pull out cabinet next to the stove.
    The online prices are nuts.
     
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    I got this from Amazon not too long ago.
    It’s not too expensive and fit in the draw next to the stove. I never used one until very recently. It was always small cute spice jars. This one is good though. I like the window. Used it while living in an Airbnb and now it’s a fixture in my kitchen. My mom never uses one and I never got used to seeing this! So versatile and cute! Not too expensive either.


    Tabakh Stainless Steel Masala... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BD0UDJE?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
     
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    I have always used this! It is in our tradition for the bride to bring a masala dabba fully filled with spices. I took the one I got for my wedding to the US during my 1st trip post wedding :)

    This spice box in Tamil is "Anjarai Petti" meaning 5-compartment box, but I have always seen 7-compartments and have questioned mom while growing up why it wasn't named Yezhuarai Petti.

    I have these spices filled in that I use day-to-day for tadka:
    1. Mustard seeds
    2. Split urad dhal
    3. Fenugreek seeds
    4. Black peppercorns
    5. Jeera
    6. Saunf
    7. Dry red chillies (this goes in the center)

    Now in India you get this spice box in brass and is quite popular.

    @Rihana - I wouldn't recommend storing salt in the steel or brass dabba as these metals are corrosive might react. It is better stored in glass or ceramic containers.
     
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    I was attracted to the title because I initially read it as Masala Dosas :smilingimp:

    Coming to the topic, I have 2 Masala Dabbas.

    The steel one has all the stuff needed for South Indian tadka. The centre of attraction is Mustard :grin:
    And remaining ones are Jeera, turmeric, channa and urad dal mixture, chilli powder, Methi and Dhaniya.

    The 2nd one is Tupperware Masala dabba and has all the powders, mostly used for North Indian cooking!! In this the centre one is Garam Masala :smiley:
     
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    No masala dabba for us. Only tadka dabba ( thalikkira dappa )

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    Mine is close. I realized that I don't use whole peppercorn as much in tadka and hence swapped it for broken cinnamon sticks so I don't have to break it during cooking.

    I keep swapping the order and am not religious about anything taking the center.
     
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    I have one like this at home. Not so expensive. Doesn't take a huge space in the kitchen counter. Easy to use, easy to wash :)

    This is a gift from one of my friends


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