RawSpiceBar Review - April 2016 - Meal Preparation Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

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What is it? RawSpiceBar 
How Much? $6 per month plus $4 shipping to Canada. Save on longer term subscriptions. Prices in US dollars. 
What’s in it? 3 hand-picked, small batch, freshly ground spice blends and kitchen-tested, detailed recipes and ideas.

RawSpiceBar is a subscription service offering a monthly box of spices. For only $6 per month plus shipping, RawSpiceBar send 3 freshly ground spices & blends with a new regional theme plus kitchen-tested recipes. The recipes and spices yield enough to create 3 global dishes to serve 4-6 adults. The spice blends are perfectly portioned, freshly ground and expertly blended by top chefs for maximum authentic flavor. It's all done just days before shipping to guarantee freshness. 

RawSpiceBar partners with award winning chefs, bloggers & sources old family recipes to bring you unique spice blends from the highest quality spices around the world, with an unprecedented focus on quality and flavor.

RawSpiceBar charges $4 per month for shipping. The packages ship between the 6th and 10th of the month. It's a slim letter-mail size package that will fit in a condo-sized mailbox. The package comes to Canada via USPS International Priority Airmail, but for some reason, I always receive my package the first or second week of the following month. Shipping has always been my main complaint with this service.

The theme for April is "Parsi Spice Box" and features Indo-Persian themed spices and recipes. 

This month, we are heading to South Asia, where we've included a few delectable dish recipes and spices inspired by the Indo-Persian fare. This culture's cuisine is full of a broad spectrum of spices, from sweet to salty and warm to spicy.

This month we have a recipe for a main, a side dish, and a dessert. There is also an alternate dessert recipe posted on the website.

Parsi Garam Masala Spices and Indo-Persian Chicken Curry Recipe
The main recipe is Jardaloo Ma Murghi (Indo-Persian Chicken Curry), a traditional and flavorful dish. Balanced with both sweet and warm spices, this recipe consists of sauteed and slow-cooked chicken and apricots. Chickpeas can be substituted for chicken if you're looking for a vegetarian dish.
Warm and sweet flavors collide in this spice blend which is properly translated into "warm spice mixture" in Hindi. This blend can be incorporated in vegetable stews, grilled meats and Parsi styled eggs. It also acts as the star ingredient in the traditional Indo-Persian entree, Chicken Curry.

Kala Namak, Cumin & Chile Spice with Kachumber Salad Recipe
This vegetarian salad is made with onion, tomato, cucumber, mint, and cilantro. I learned when I was in Bulgari and Turkey that most regions around the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East have their own version of what we know as a Greek Salad. In Bulgaria it's called the Shopska Salad. In Turkey it is called Shepherd's Salad.In Iran it's called Shirazi Salad. This Kachumber Salad is India's version.
This blend is tangy with fresh flavor notes perfect for creating Indo-Persian cuisine such as the colorful Kachumber Salad. Because of the Kala Namak (Black Salt), this blend works wonderfully with Parsi street style snacks like chaat and mango.

Rose & Cardamom Spices with Rose & Cardamom Kulfi Recipe
Kulfi is a frozen dairy dessert popular in India. The main ingredients are milk and sugar, so it's very similar to ice cream. There is also an alternate recipe online for Cardamom & Rose Rice Pudding.
Fragrant and perfect for Spring, this spice blend features floral flavors that compliment light and creamy dishes. The blend works perfectly in the Kulfi (Indian Ice Cream) feature recipe, along with Indian smoothies known as Lassi.

One of my packages wasn't sealed properly so spices leaked out all over the mailer and all over my floor when I opened it.

The April RawSpiceBar included spices and recipes from the Parsi culture of West India. The recipes appear straight forward and easy to follow. This is a new type of cuisine for me so I'm looking forward to trying it out!

Interested in trying RawSpiceBar? You can save 50% off your first month using promo code SPICEFLAVOR. Code is valid for new subscribers only.

Click here to check out Raw Spice Bar.

Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.
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