Middle-eastern Spice Bazaar visit

So I had a very short trip of 5 days to Dubai for some vital family reunion. I spent 3 x half-days in Spice Bazzar (aka Iranian bazaar).  Away from razzle dazzles of Dubai.

Here are a couple of pictures from the stuff that I shopped. Planning to cook for my blog with most of them in my next few posts. You can shop most of these from Asian shops, widely available ( just more expensive!)

From right we have: Black lime, Cinnamon, Long black pepper, Chocolate! Dried fruits incl. Sharon fruit, Pine nuts

From right we have: Black lime, Cinnamon, Long black pepper, Pine nuts, Dried fruits incl. Sharon fruit. Chocolate in shape of stones

Black lime cut in half. Long black pepper

Black lime cut in half. Long black pepper

I am holding black lime and long black pepper, so get a better idea of the sizes

I am holding half of a black lime and long black pepper, so you get a better idea of the sizes

Black lime: I am well familiar with. Used in many middle-eastern dishes. Planning to make a Split lentil and lamb stew with them.

Dried plums , Sumac powder

Semi dried plums , Sumac powder

The semi dried plums are what is used in Arabic/ Persian/ Moroccan cooking. I have noticed many western version of recipes substitute plums with seedless dried apricots.

The reasons I have included the common Cinnamon and pine nuts in this post  are to say : how cheap the cinnamon bag was; about 25 very fragrant sticks for less than £2.

pine nuts made their way to this pic because: Most people (including myself) know them as expensive nuts for Italian cooking. But outside EU they have a different reputation, and I’m planning to cook something outside the box with them .

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And just some photos that I took in the Spice bazaar. Just in case you find them interesting :

Pretty spice mix

Ermmm, didn't know that!

Ermmm, didn’t know that!

can I use the childsih term of " lol" in here?

can I use the childsih term of ” lol” in here?

Pine Sap. For making desserts apparently!

Pine Sap. For making desserts apparently!

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Salted Prawns everywhere. From shrimps to king prawns. They get soaked first and then used as normal or just to munch on. They are like prawns with more intense flavour. Like any cured meat I guess.

My shopping from Spice bazaar

Excited to cook with these 🙂

Thanks for looking and come back soon!

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This entry was published on January 29, 2013 at 6:34 pm. It’s filed under All the Recipes jumbled up!, AWAY AND ON THE ROAD and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

3 thoughts on “Middle-eastern Spice Bazaar visit

  1. This is a great post, would really like to know how to get hands on spices like this in Ireland. Maybe you should start importing them!

  2. Especially the Turmeric! Not the viagra seeds 🙂

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