On any friday, from morning till late evening, there is a bustling weekly fair on in Mapusa municipal market, Goa. On our previous couple of visits and experimenting with a few products and trusting sales boys, we found this seller of spices. He is Prakash K. Naik.
He sells powdered spices and whole spices. The whole spices include red chillies of different varieties, black and green pepper corns, dry ginger, cinnamon sticks, turmeric roots, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, and also some spices locally produced.
What I like about them is that they are of good quality and look very fresh.
He stocks two varieties of powdered spices, by machine grinding and hand pounded. Different Chilli powders, spice powders for various curries, turmeric powder must be used to believe them. The best ones are his hand pounded spices. They smell heavenly. They are more expensive than the similar ones available in super markets for obvious reasons.
We made a habit of gifting these spice mixtures to our friends and relatives or for sending them abroad.
|Biryani / Pulao masala|
|Chicken / fish curry masala (cocnut base)|
|Butter chicken / tandoori chicken / fish fry masala|
|Dry fish / crab curry masala|
|Green pepper corns|
|Mr. Prakash Naik and his wife|
If you are in Goa, do drop in to his stall on any day, and he will surely be happy to make you a great cook with his whole spices and powdered spices. Or if you are else where, call him and ask if he will send the spices by parcel. I had not asked him that. He is a cheerful sort of person and gave us a good discount too. No wonder he has a lot of foreign tourists who are his regular customers!