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Mar. 18th, 2008 @ 07:16 am kefta
I'm planning to make kefta for a get-together tomorrow night, but the recipe calls for some ingredients I'm not sure I'll be able to find since I don't live near any cities. Any suggestions where to look (besides the grocery store) for rosebuds, whole nutmegs, blades of mace, orrisroot, lavender, galingale, allspice berries, cardamom pods? I don't even know what some of this stuff is! I do have a lavender bush at home, so are we talking about the flowers here or the leaves? Dried & ground?
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From:jane_etrix
Date:March 18th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
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You can find ground allspice, nutmeg and mace at almost any grocery store. Sometimes, you'll find whole nutmeg and allspice too, and some groceries carry ground cardamom. If you have a health food or natural food store near you, you'll not have any trouble finding them whole. You may be able to find orris root, rosebuds and lavender (and they mean the dried flowers) there as well. Sometimes, you can find plain, unperfumed lavender, rose petals and orris root at craft stores because they are used to make potpourri.

Any Middle Eastern grocery would have everything on your list. You can also find spice sources on the web, but they probably won't be able to get the spices to you by tomorrow. If you can't get everything, you can always leave a few things out; kefta recipes aren't set in stone :)
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From:monotonia
Date:March 19th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
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It called for everything to be *whole* but then the end result is a ground spice, so I guess a lot of the things I can just get ground; it's only a matter of figuring out how many pods of something equals how many teaspoons. :)

There isn't a middle eastern grocery (or any nationality grocery) for at least 200 miles, so I think what I'll do is do without whatever I can't find.

Thanks for your info, though.
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From:mumbojumble
Date:March 18th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
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Why not try a different kefta recipe this time (there are many on the internet) and order the spices for next time?

Galingale is also known as galangal, and you can find the whole roots sometimes at Asian markets, either fresh or frozen. Penzeys.com has dried galangal, as well as nutmeg, mace, allspice and cardamom. Sounds like you've got the lavender covered. I don't know about orrisroot.
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From:monotonia
Date:March 19th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
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Yeah, there aren't any international markets for at least 200 miles, so I will just do without this time. I've looked up several recipes and came up with the one that seemed to have the most ingredients in common with all the recipes. But it is complicated getting spices that aren't ground ... actually it's complicated getting any spices at all. Our local supermarket only carries the most basic seasoning mixes, I guess because most people no longer cook anything from scratch.
I'm sure it will still taste okay with whatever I can find.
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From:swimanubis
Date:March 18th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
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for galengal you can substitute ginger
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From:monotonia
Date:March 19th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
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Oh really!? Thank you for that information.