Following a tip from someone on the PPK forums, I visited a really nice, fairly stocked East Indian grocery store today. Bonus 1: Not too far from the house. Bonus 2: They sell fresh curry leaves, and Bonus 3: The folks who run/own it are crazy helpful and nice--they were really engaging in my quest to find some cream of rice cereal (I have some xgfx upma plans in the near future). While they didn't have what I wanted, the owners were super interested and asked me to let them know if I end up finding any. Upon further Googling, I'm pretty certain I'll be able to find this at a conventional supermarket.
Besides my beloved curry leaves, they also had the devil bunny brand of papadam I like--with cumin seeds even! Papadam trivia: 1. Did you know papadam are naturally xgfx? 2. And, did you know you can easily toast them over a gas flame with tongs, or microwave them on a plate for about 30 seconds (watch carefully, they burn super fast).
Because I am all out, and because you can never have enough, I scooped up some chana besan (chickpea flour), while I was there, too.--and cumin seeds, which I didn't photograph.
They also had a pretty neat assortment of cookbooks. These little tiny ones were all over the bookstores in South India for only a few rupees, they cost a bunch more here--some are awesome and some don't convert to Western cooking so well.
I was really surprised to see this tiffin book, too. I actually bought a copy of it when we were there traveling, it's good for South Indian specialties like dosai and idli 'n' stuff. If you're reading this locally, you might want to head over there to scoop it up, especially if you're fond of dosai, sambar and culinary escapades.
When I got home, I was all drunk off the smell of fresh curry leaves and cumin seeds. So I pulled out a bunch of fenugreek/methi seeds and set them in some dirt to sprout. I've been wanting to grow some fresh methi for a long time, I've never tried to cook with it before.
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