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Masala dabba

A masala dabba is a traditional Indian spice box and is found in most every Indian kitchen. Typically made of stainless steel designs range from being total utilitarian to more decorative pieces with clear lids. The outer tin may be made of stainless and sometimes copper. The masala dabba consists of a large outer tin that holds 7 smaller tins and has an outer lid that fits atop the large tin and an inner lid that fits snugly on top of the smaller tins. The inner lid is kept on top of the small tins of spice to keep dust and debris off the spice and to help keep the spices fresh. The larger outter lid should be kept in place for periods when the spices are not being used. The set also includes from 1 to 7 spoons, depending on the set.

While the spices contained within the masala dabba are a matter of personal taste some of the most commonly use spices include, green cardamom pods, garam masala, fenugreek, amchur, turmeric and ponch phoron and Kosher salt.
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