This tiny, jam-packed emporium sells all the ingredients needed to make Indian food at home. Basmati rice is sold in 20 lb. bags. Exotic spices and herbs line an entire wall. Imported fruits and vegetables – many unfamiliar to American kitchens – are stacked in a cold case. And the aisles are lined with chutneys, teas, sauces and snacks you probably have not seen before.
But to call SHALIMAR an Indian grocery store is to sell it short. This cozy, old fashioned shop also sells:
Indian videos, newspapers and periodicalsJames and jellies from England and IrelandMore than 21 types of jarred pickleDry and frozen convenience mealsSodas, juices and beverages in flavors like coconut and guava Pots, pans and other specialty cookwareChilled packages of paneer (soft mild Indian cheese) and ghee (clarified butter)Indian beauty products like soaps, lotions and rosewaterBoxed cookies, crackers and crisps of all kindsAnd countless other imported foodstuffs from around the globe
SHALIMAR can be overwhelming at first, but the service is friendly and informed. Don’t feel shy asking about that weird green fruit with the spikes. Someone will know exactly how to cook it.
Enter a world of gourmet groceries at food co-op prices. Enter SHALIMAR