Kalustyan’s is famous in New York as one of our greatest specialty stores. The majority of the store carries mostly Indian groceries, but over the years they have expanded and expanded and expanded and now you can find almost anything there. Upstairs they have prepared foods, downstairs you can get a lot of the prepared foods like mini Samosa frozen to take home. Every spice and condiment imaginable along with cook ware, cook books and a seriously large selection of nuts, candied fruit, candies and more in bulk. Along with an amazing selection of Dates, Middle Eastern treats and traditional Indian desserts.
My favorite section however is an entire floor to ceiling shelf off the spice section selling…I’m not sure what to call them, um, preservative, chemicals and dehydrated things that I’m guessing people by for commercial use. One of my favorites is: Instant Thick. Mostly just for the name. Foam Stabilizer anyone? Methycelluose K4M sounds like something from Breaking Bad. I like the idea of Paramount Crystals just because I like the name, but in reality I think it’s what they use to give coatings that waxy long shelf life other worldliness. Yum. Burgundy wine powder? As a flavoring for…. And what better way to end then post than with non stick conditioner. When you read what these powders do it all makes sense but as a casual passer by I find the names to be kind of scary/funny. Still it’s nice to know that if I ever need some Gund Katira I know where to go.