February 2015 RawSpiceBar Review – Spice Subscription Box
Disclosure: This box was received free for review. This post contains affiliate links.
RawSpiceBar sends premium spices and coordinating recipes every month. I really enjoyed my first review last month, so I was happy to see the February box show up. RawSpiceBar sends 3-4 expertly blended spices from a different region. Each spice, contains 2-3 ounces and there is enough to make 3 separate dishes serving 8-12 people.
What's in the box? Each month, they send 3-4 spice blends which are enough to create 3 separate dishes serving 8-12 people. The spice blends will weigh between 2-3 ounces each month.
Shipping: RawSpiceBar ships to the US and Canada. Free shipping for both countries.
When does the box ship? Subscriptions ship the first week of the month
RawSpiceBar ships by USPS in a sturdy cardboard envelope.
RawSpiceBar included a letter introducing this month's spices. This month, RawSpiceBar traveled to Punjab, India with Cheg Vishwa Mohan. When you subscribe, you can give your review on their website and get 1 free extra month of spices.
I love the beautiful paper that was used to wrap up the spices.
Each month there is a card that tells you about that location. Punjab India is a crossroads for many cultures. As a results, they have a great variety of foods. Dishes like hot & spicy tandoori kababs, curry dishes, and fluffy bread all come from this region.
Tandoori Spices: This spice blend is the base for North India's most popular tandoori-style dishes, This is made with coriander, cumin, kashimiri chiles, turmeric, and more. You can use this to marinate chicken, meat, seafood or vegetables in a yogurt spice mixture, then char over high heat for a juicy interior and crispy, spicy exterior.
Punjabi Garam Masala: This is the most famous North Indian spice blend. You can use this to add complex flavor and heat to Punjabi chicken tikka masala, curries, braised vegetables or grilled kabobs.
Punjabi Chicken Tikka Masala: The chicken tikka was originally pared with a sauce, to keep it from drying out. This dish is a mix of chicken tikka in a sauce made with cumin, coriander, Kashmiri chiles & other Indian spices. You can check out a picture of the finished dish HERE.
Rose & Chai Spices: These spices are made with ginger, black peppercorn, rose buds and cardamom. This is often found in black tea, but this month, it will be used in Nankhatai cookies.
Rose & Chai Nankhatai Cookies: These cookies are also called North Indian shortbread cookies. These have an extra kick with the chai spices, rose buds, and North Indian short leaf black tea. These look like a really interesting cookie, and I am excited to try these.
Final Thought: Once again, I think RawSpiceBar delivered a great box of spices and recipes. The chicken dish this month looks great and I look forward to trying it. My husband loves Indian food, I am the picky one, but these dishes look and sound great. At $6.00/month, this has to be one of the cheapest, but very tasty subscriptions. I can't imagine all the spices I would have to buy at the store, to get these spice mixes. To try RawSpiceBar, click HERE.
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