May 4, 2010

Indian Spice Box - Masala Dabba

Lets say, I am not in the greatest of moods to write out a recipe at the moment. I have something else for you. I was quite restless yesterday, So I was playing around with my camera & suddenly my Masala Dabba caught my fancy. A few clicks later, I already felt better. See what photography can do to you :)

Masala Dabba 2

The Masala Dabba that you see here should be more than 40 yrs old. My MIL has been using it since, I don't know when. And, I just love to treasure such things.

What goes into a Masala Dabba would depend on which part of India one comes , I have the usual ingredients needed for tempering any South Indian dish. Mustard seeds, Cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, Urad Dal, Chana Dal & Red chilli powder. All the other additional spices are there in the rack.

Masala Dabba

If you can see the background, there is 'Simply South' by Chandra Padmanabhan. Its been more than a year since I bought this one, But I haven't tried a single recipe. In case any of you have tried any recipes from it, any recommendations?? I shall be glad to give it a try.

See you soon with a recipe :)

42 comments:

sowmya's creative saga said...

my mom had one like this..looks beautiful...

DEESHA said...

Thanks Sowmya. That was quick

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

awesome click...

Pavithra said...

Very handy dabba always.. all in one. Awesome click..

Madhuri said...

Same here. When I' m not in mood i grab my camera and take pictures. Looks composition. love it,.

Sailaja said...

awesome pic.

Sushma Mallya said...

Beautiful clicks...

Sayali said...

I shoudl say this one is very smart post. Making people aware of indian basic spices :) lovely

Great to know about your blog. Lovely snaps you have got,very attractive..

sayali
http://spicemantra.blogspot.com

Sharmilee! :) said...

Ur masala daba is soo prettily captured by you...:)

Mangala Bhat said...

wonderful click Deesha ///I have same Masala dabba ..I am from Sirsi :)

Kairali sisters said...

Wow..that dhabba looks soo good deesha...

Love
Kairali sisters

Sush said...

even I got one from my mom during my wedding. It is so handy. I feel i cannot survive without it :)

Priya said...

Beautiful click..i cant able to cook without this spicebox..

Jagruti said...

In every gujarati household you can find this masala dabba..very handy..great clicks..

Nags said...

hey deesha, the pics are gorgeous, there's something about a masala dabba that's mesmerizing :)

about the book, i have tried many dishes from it like ellu sadam, coriander rice, saagu, etc etc etc. all are good!! :)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Great click of the box! And I too hav that cookbook,got as prize from Nags :)

Aps said...

Lovely click deesh.... n abt tht masala dabba in mumbai almost every house has it... i guess... nice click again tht book sounds interesting may be i shud buy one n try ... :D

notyet100 said...

nice one,..

Divya Rao said...

It looks so rustic and quintessentially Indian! I've been wanting to take some pics of my masala dabba for ages now...never got around to doing it. This is great motivation!

suma said...

Colorful click!! The indispensable masala dabba.

Gulmohar said...

Lovely, both the dabba and the clicks :-)

Rachana Kothari said...

What a beautiful click!!!!

Veggie Belly said...

cant agree more, photography is therapeutic! love your pictures, only my dabba is never this neat!

Asha said...

Love the spice dabba, I have four and all are full! :))

Thanks Deesha, good to be back.

Suma Gandlur said...

A handy, mandatory one in most of the Indian kitchens. Isn't it?
Love the click.

Red Chillies said...

Awesome clicks Deesha.My dabba looks pretty much the same.

rekhas kitchen said...

Beautiful clicks and interesting post Deesha nice rightup.....

rekhas kitchen said...

Beautiful clicks and interesting post Deesha nice rightup.....

rekhas kitchen said...

Beautiful clicks and interesting post Deesha nice rightup.....

Preety said...

really nice pic..

my little expat kitchen said...

Hello there, I just discovered your blog. I love Indian food and I saw you have a beautiful selection of recipes. I really like your Masala Dabba, lovely photograph.
Magda

Suma Rajesh said...

hey deesha..h r u yaar?..ur click is jsut awesome..i too have the same model..

SnacksGiving said...

Nice clicks!

knk said...

i know spice box every day i will see in kitchen

great post

Yummy Team said...

Fabulous clicks! I too have the same masala dabba :)

Anonymous said...

hi can i have this picture . I want to have it on my website for my company . I can either buy it or we can make a deal we can have ure signature at the bottom
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Nags said...

which camera do you use Deesha?

DEESHA said...

Nags, I use a Nikon D40

Shabs.. said...

I love this stuff, coudnt come across one yet!nice picture.

anubhavati said...

Hi Deesha,

First time on your blog and I love the way you have played with light here and captured the masala dabba..I have one too that was bought for my wedding ten years back...But i love my grandmother`s which is more than 60 years old...made of some form of brass/bronze which she lovingly polishes and shines...
Shobha

Edward said...

It's wonderful,.
I like it,
.spice rubs

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