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Arvinda's Christmas Chai Spiced Rum Balls

Arvinda’s Christmas Chai Spiced Rum Balls

Rum balls always make a nice addition to a holiday cookie plate. We made some using the sweetness from dates spiced with Arvinda’s new Christmas Chai Masala. Yum, they melt in your mouth.

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Arvinda's Christmas Chai is here!

Arvinda’s Christmas Chai is here!

Introducing…Arvinda’s Christmas Chai Masala (limited edition).

This is a Stocking Stuffer for the Chai Lover! Round up the loved ones. Snow day fun. Crackling fire. Warm up your heart with a comforting cup of Masala Chai reminiscent of the festive holiday season. Sweet cinnamon, warm cloves and zesty orange spices up your jolly cup!

Not only used for a festive spiced tea, try Arvinda’s Christmas Chai Masala in your holiday baked goods, hot chocolates, truffles, shortbread cookies, crepes, scones, cupcakes and more to ‘spice up’ your holiday baking and sweets.

Combine this spice blend with festive flavours such as cranberry, ginger, orange, vanilla, chocolate, apple or pear to create something special for this celebratory time of year. Will share my recipes soon!

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Homemade Masala Bread with turmeric

Homemade Masala Bread with turmeric

One of my fondest memories growing up was waking up to the welcomed aromas of homemade baked bread on a long weekend Sunday.

For Mother’s Day this past weekend, I wanted to recreate that exact same bread that my mother used to make for us (Mom deserves some love back!)…but with a masala turmeric twist!

Rummaging through my mother’s old recipe file, I found her homemade baked bread recipe. The reviews were great and everyone said it was just like mom’s.

I realized making fresh baked bread doesn’t take a rocket scientist! No bread machine required.

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Arvinda's masala tins make for a unique and memorable wedding favour.

Arvinda’s masala tins make for a unique and memorable wedding favour.


With wedding season in full swing now, brides-to-be (and grooms!) search for those little touches to mark their special day with something memorable.

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Roasted Indian Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Sadly this year I didn’t get the chance to carve my Hallowe’en pumpkin. Just before hurricane Sandy hit a couple of days before Hallowe’en, we were in New York for the weekend. All the the flights out of the state were cancelled and Hallowe’en week didn’t end up happening. With the disaster coming around the holiday, surely Hallowe’en got cancelled in NY and New Jersey this year.

One month later, my Hallowe’en pumpkin was still sitting in my kitchen (uneaten!). Today’s Thanksgiving holiday for our friends in the South reminded me it was a good day to start cooking with that pumpkin.

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Raita is a cooling yogurt condiment served with an Indian meal.

Yogurt is integral to Indian cuisine and is often consumed in some form with every Indian meal–whether it’s in a drink like Lassi, in a curry itself or just eaten plain on the side.

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Have you ever looked at an Indian recipe and counted how many spices are needed to make that wonderful dish you’re eyeing to its perfection? Very complex Indian recipes may call for up to twenty individual spices! Now that can be daunting if you have something missing from the list.

In the cooking classes we teach, we recommend having a basic set of spices on hand that can be used for most Indian dishes. With these top basic Indian spices stocked in your pantry, you can be sure to make most dishes pretty well even if you’re missing the odd spice here or there.

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