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Guest Review Alert- Gigi! I’m back again for a guest review of RawSpiceBar. I like to cook homemade, healthy dinners a few times a week and I was excited to see this month’s selection! March featured an Afghan Spice Box.
RawSpiceBar is a spice subscription box, that is only $6.00/month. Every month you get 3-4 premium spices and coordinating recipes every month. Each month features a different region of the world. Each spice mix 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.
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When does the box ship? Subscriptions ship the first week of the month
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In March, RawSpiceBar traveled to Afghanistan. Kind of a strange location to feature? Maybe – but we’ve learned a lot about this country in the last 15 years and most of it hasn’t been great. However, these recipes are a nice change. Two U.S. army veterans have created a new company called Rumi Spice. Raw Spice Bar is partnering with them. Rumi Spice provides fine spices and in the process helps the Afghan farmers to produce high quality saffron that is farmed sustainably in rural Afghanistan. This gives them a viable alternative to the farming of opium. To celebrate this new partnership, Raw Spice Bar included a pinch of saffron in this box, and will also in future boxes.
Kabuli Pulau: The main recipe included is Kabuli Pulau, which means the Pilaf of Kabul. When combined with lamb it becomes Afghan Lamb Pilaf, which is widely considered to be the national dish of Afghanistan. This version includes slow-cooked lamb (a Lamb Rub is included) which is then folded into a dome of seasoned rice rich in raisins, carrots, almonds and pistachios. A vegetarian version is also available on the Raw Spice Bar website.
Afghan Marinated Lamb (For Kabuli Pulao): These spices are the rub for the lamb used in the Kabuli Pulao dish. You could also use another meat like chicken, and it would work just as well.
Ginger Saffron Tea: A super simple recipe to showcase the saffron! The spice packet includes some saffron strands. Mix with water, ginger, honey and cinnamon for a soothing tea.
Final Thought: I’m looking forward to making the Kabuli Pulao. I’ll probably make it with chicken instead of lamb, but it should be delicious just the same. With the saffron and rice it reminds me of a traditional Spanish Paella, which I love. RawSpiceBar is a great subscription for people who love to try new things in their cooking. Each month features a new theme and corresponding spices. It’s only $6.00/month, so what do you have to lose by trying it? If you want to subscribe, use this link with the code SPICEFLAVOR to get your 1st box 50% off.
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