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#1 Posted : Wednesday, January 26, 2022 7:15:54 PM(UTC)

My son is trying to help out a college classmate who is newly arrived from India.  I am looking for some reliable mail order sources of Indian ingredients, to pass along.  Our local international stores are not very local to the university and tend toward asian and mexican rather than the indian subcontinent.


#2 Posted : Wednesday, January 26, 2022 7:52:50 PM(UTC)

I have had good experiences ordering online from Spice Station Shop ( They are located in California. I ordered several items for Indian and Pakistani food that I am unable to find in North Dakota.

However, searching by cuisine on their website is incomplete. I found several items on under the herbs, spices, & blends that were not categorized by cuisine.

#3 Posted : Wednesday, January 26, 2022 9:39:45 PM(UTC) | Indian Grocery - Buy Online Sweets, Snacks, Millets, Organic Products has become my usual go to site. However, the region of India that he is from makes a big difference. Also, where you currently are makes a big difference as there are several small stores with a very targeted inventory in many university towns -- places you find only by asking the right Indian cook.

#4 Posted : Thursday, January 27, 2022 6:38:27 AM(UTC)

You can find many at and can search by cuisine. Prices are excellent. Organic items are available as well.

If you want a spice company that gets to know the producers in India and Sri Lanka, the Diaspora Co. is the place to go to. Not as large a selection, but very high quality.

Another spice company that works with the farmers directly and not with factories, Burlap & Barrel. Excellent quality as well.

You can most likely find some smaller stores online. For example, I needed some ingredients to make Sri Lankan egg hoppers and found this store:

Good luck! So wonderful of you to make this student feel at home.

#5 Posted : Saturday, January 29, 2022 1:32:53 PM(UTC)

thank you folks!

I am hoping that we can get him to our Global Foods market sometime soon, but having those online options will help.  I did ask my son about where in India, but he didn't think to ask, as a region.  Small midwestern university towns can be depressingly bland, especially if you have lived in upstate NY.  I hope he does find some local Indian cooks, and can help me find new places to shop!  And, of course, adapting to ingredients.  I had an acquiantance from Scotland who had a terrible time with things like sugar and flour, which were just enough different to make her personal recipes fail.

Thanks again,

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