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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.

 

Come, enjoy cooking with our spice-mixes! Come, savor the spicy rich flavors of life itself!

Glenn and Priya

 

I co-founded our boutique family-owned business in 2014 with my husband, Glenn. 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!

 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.

 

 

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.

 

I hope you enjoy life, love, and delicious gourmet Indian food as much as I do .- Priya, Co-Founder of Anar Gourmet Foods


 

 

 

 

 

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Delicious!

Like all the recipes we have tried, the spices were spot on and the ingredients list and instructions clear. Missing our favorite restaurants, we spent the last year trying to learn to cook new cuisines. Priya's mixes and directions have been so welcomed!

Thank you Margaret for your thoughtful review and awesome food photo! We so appreciate your feedback. I'm so thrilled that you and your family love my seasoning kits. Woohooo.. !!

Another great dish!

We absolutely love this dish! It is so easy to make, just like all of the other products! The flavors mesh so well together. We've had this both with rice and with chips for nachos. Both are excellent!! We will absolutely be ordering more!

Hi Cassie:
Thank you so much for your yummy & thoughtful review! I’m so delighted that you continue to enjoy my seasoning kits and home cooking! I love that you and your family enjoyed the Keema with both rice and chips as an appetizer. Yes, I agree it is quite yummy with nacho chips . Thank you again for taking the time to post your feedback !!

Delicious!

Wonderful blend of Indian spices! The recipe was so quick and easy to follow! So delicious! Excellent customer service and communication as well. I met Priya at the Public Market in Wheeling, WV in Fall 2019 and loved her products immediately. Can’t wait to try all of the other recipes!

Sarah!!
Thank you so much for your wonderful review and the gorgeous photo!! . ! I really appreciate it. I am absolutely thrilled that you like my seasoning kits, home made recipes and our customer service. We will do our best to continue to delight you and your family with our home made recipes.. Thank you !! Priya

Delicious and easy to make!

Everyone in the family really enjoyed this meal (even the person who doesn't like potatoes). Cooking the egg into the sauce was a unique twist that we really liked. I actually added a second egg.

I made this twice and it was so easy that I could practically do it from memory the second time.

Emily!!!! Thank you so. much for this wonderful review! We are SO thrilled that even the person who didn't like potatoes loved this meal. That's awesome!! Thank you for this wonderful review!

A delicious addition

Thank you for adding butter chicken. We can't seem to get enough of Priya's spice blends. Looking forward to whatever is next!