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About Us

 

I co-founded our boutique family-owned business with my husband, Glenn. We are proud member of the Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) based in the North Hills, near Pittsburgh, PA. We met and fell in love while working in medical diagnostic field. Wanting to embark on a dream of mine, we began our journey mixing spices for our favorite dishes. We tested our recipes on each other, our little one, and even our neighbors. After much cooking and fine-tuning, we decided to present our spice-mixes and recipes for your enjoyment!

 

Glenn and Priya

 

 INCEPTION OF ANAR GOURMET FOODS

my sweet mom and dad

Most of us remember favorite dishes from our childhood. My favorite memories are those of my mom’s cooking when we lived in India. I would wake up in the morning to smell the hearty, comforting aromas of my mom cooking us chickpeas or potato curry with rotis for our lunchboxes. Weekends of special goat curry or tamarind-flavored fish curries still evoke memories of family fun around the table. On special occasions such as birthdays and holidays, we would wait hungrily for that extra delicious chicken curry and coconut rice made lovingly by both mom and dad.

 

mom and grandparentsAnyone who has ever tasted my mom's food raves about it. She has generously given me the secret and not-so secret ingredients and tips for her recipes. In addition, my loving grandma gave me our family recipe for the famed HOT South Indian Curry Powder. Each family has their own secret recipe for curry powders where my grandma comes from. I know ours is extra special as it tastes so good. One taste of a dish from the spice-mix, and I know you’ll agree with me.

Many of my friends say they enjoy Indian food but think it’s too hard to make at home. Anar Gourmet Foods’ spice-mixes does the hard part for you. We blend the spices for you, and then give you step-by-step instructions as to how to make the dish with the spice-mixes. The complexity of Indian food is made easy, and you get to make and eat many of these addictive dishes. Anar Gourmet foods also presents some fusion spice-mixes. Notable is the beef and mushroom spice-mix, a favorite with my husband Glenn, who loves beef.

Come, enjoy cooking with our spice-mixes! Come, savor the spicy rich flavors of life itself! I hope you enjoy the fulfilling experience of easily preparing delicious Indian cuisine with Anar Gourmet Foods spice-mixes. Enjoy the wishes of abundance and prosperity associated with the symbol of the anar, the pomegranate.

Anar in Hindi (one of India’s many languages) means Pomegranate. Pomegranates have been symbols of prosperity, abundance, fertility, and even immortality, across centuries in Roman, Greek, Middle-Eastern, Central Asian and South Asian cultures.


pomegranate

Anardana, or the dried seeds of pomegranates, are often used as a tangy and flavorful spice in Iranian cooking, Central Asian and South Asian cooking. 

By making this wonderful fruit the symbol of our spice mixes, we hope to convey our wishes for abundance and prosperity in your lives. Try our delicious gourmet spices-mixes and the easy-to-make recipes that come with them. The 13th century Persian poet Rumi says:

Come to the orchard in Spring.
There is light and wine, and sweethearts
in the pomegranate flowers.
If you do not come, these do not matter.
If you do come, these do not matter.

 

I hope you enjoy life, love, and delicious gourmet Indian food as much as I do .

- Priya, Co-Founder of Anar Gourmet Foods

  Pittsburgh, PA


 

 

 

 

 

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Amazing Recipe

This chicken marinade is amazing! Marinate overnight is best and the chicken is crispy, moist, and so flavorful with just the right amount of heat! My whole family loves it - have only used chicken thighs, need to try with bone in, skin on chicken breast too!

Thank you Kim for this thoughtful and AWESOME review along with your gorgeous mouthwatering photos! I am SO delighted that you and your family love my chicken marinade seasoning kit. Good to know that the seasoning kit can used with both boneless vs. bone-in chicken thighs. Great tip! Thanks again for taking the time to write such a wonderful review ! I appreciate you !

Awesomeness!!!

Made tikka masala for a family get together. Everyone raved about the dinner. It’s absolutely delicious !!!

Angela, We are absolutely thrilled that you and your family love our tikka seasoning blend. Most of all we are delighted that it brought you so much joy. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

So good..!!!!

I don’t like playing by the rules hence I decided to make a classic from the Hyderabadi cuisine - Bagara Baingan ( tempered eggplants) and my world did that taste yumm .. I used this spice and it blew life into the eggplant . Love these blends from Anar ..!!!

OMG! I am so touched by your review Debashis! I'm a huge fan of your culinary skills & creative Indian and Indian fusion recipes (along with the 10K + fans you have on Instagram @debscraftycuisine). I'm so honored that you love incorporating my seasoning blends into your recipes. Thank you so much for your five star review! I totally made my day. Cheers, Priya

Super yum blends

I love fusion and have made a Turkish dish Cilbir , using this and it tasted heavenly . Thanks to these wonderfully hand curated blends from Anar.
My favorite and goto blends always ..!!!

Absolutely thrilled to be the GO TO seasoning blends for the culinary maestro @Debscraftycuisine on Instagram with 10K + followers.. What an honor! Thank you so much for your 5 star review. I appreciate it! Cheers,
Priya

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Potato Curry Gourmet Seasoning Kit | Family Size
Elizabeth Walsh (Cherry Hill, US)
Potato Curry Gourmet Seasoning Kit

I can bake and I can microwave. I cannot cook. Strike that. I can now cook. Anar seasoning packs make it easy easy easy - and they are delicious delicious delicious!! Originally purchased to support Anar Gourmet Foods because it is a woman-owned business. Now I buy so I can easily prepare healthy meals... and so I can now say I can cook!!