We make small batch spice blends for cooking authentic Indian food. Whole spices are hand selected, hand ground and hand packed here in the heart of Yorkshire. Our aim is to promote the artisanal way of cooking, with fresh ingredients, from scratch.
Bhendi Bazaar is a tribute to the ‘Eat Streets’ and foodie culture of Bombay. We make small batch spice blends for cooking authentic Indian food. Whole spices are hand selected, hand ground and hand packed here in the heart of Yorkshire. Our aim is to promote the artisanal way of cooking, with fresh ingredients, from scratch.
The idea of Bhendi Bazaar was born back in 2015, through two of my biggest passions; good food and all things Bombay. Being a dedicated foodie, I’d often find myself discussing food with my work colleagues, and the conversation would almost always turn to ‘curry.’ I encouraged them to cook Indian food the proper way; from scratch, using fresh ingredients, rather than opening a jar of sauce or paste. They were quickly on board with this and were keen to try out authentic dishes as opposed to “British curry” and asked if I could suggest some dishes. As well as family recipes, the food that we cook in our home is largely inspired by my experiences and culinary adventures in Bombay, and it was this that I looked to for inspiration. I selected a handful of dishes that I enjoyed – all of which have a story to tell, and spent time in creating well balanced, flavoursome spice blends to cook these dishes perfectly. The whole idea was centred around authenticity, fresh ingredients and attention to detail. I decided to strip it back and get rid of the whole “curry in a hurry” theme and took it back to taking time and care over cooking. I didn’t want it to be just about being quick and easy, but rather about being done properly.
It’s still very early days, but I’m humbled to have had listings in some well respected local, independent food shops. I’m continuing to knock on doors and hope to have Bhendi Bazaar listed in more high-end food shops. The biggest achievement for me has been providing a positive experience for fellow foodies. Receiving feedback to say it’s been some of the best Indian food they’ve had is really satisfying.
Our lovingly created produce.
To view all our products or buy from us direct, you can go to our online store.
Our handmade Karahi blend is a fiery mix of earthy spices that makes for a dish reminiscent of hearty Karahis served up during the monsoon in Bombay.
A smoky blend of tandoori marinade mix with layers of flavour, and a delicately spiced base mix, for an exceptional Butter Chicken dish.
An extraordinary blend of 17 spices, freshly ground, with smoky, tangy and spicy notes, for a truly heart-warming, flavoursome Nihari dish. Soul food at its best.
Our Tandoori spice blend is a smoky blend of dark spices that is perfect for marinating on the bone chicken, but works just as well with lamb chops.
Our Seekh Kebab blend is a perfectly balanced mix of earthy spices with a hint of mint, paying homage to this humble and historic street cafe that has served generations of Bombayites.
Our Tikka blend is an aromatic mix of punchy spices for a truly magnificent, street style Tikka kebab.
Bhendi Bazaar Popeshead Court offices Peter Lane York YO1 8SU
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