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    Patel Brothers is a family owned grocery store chain operating out of New York. They have 45 stores across the country with one here in Louisville.  Walking into the store, you're greeted with the smell of spices and curry. There are bins of products such as samosas where you can help yourself to any amount along side walls of freezers filled with delicious goodies.  

    This store is a Mecca of South Asian treasures! There are aisles dedicated to spices, incense and different types of flours. You can get fresh coconuts, Chai tea bags and curries that make it easy to bring Indian flavors into your home without breaking your bank.

    I love to make my own Chai tea at home and I always head to Patel Brothers for my spices. I can get a bag of whole nutmeg (about 10-15 inside) for around $7. That's a great deal as opposed to a small bottle of three whole nutmegs from Kroger for about $15.  I also pick up dried cardamom, cinnamon sticks and cloves which can also double as mulling spices for apple cider in the Autumn.

    Here are a few food terms to help you when shopping for South Asian cuisine.

    Naan - leavened flat bread
    Daal - lentil stew
    Chutney - condiment made of spices, vegetables, and/or fruit
    Masala - South Asian spices
    Paneer - South Asian fresh cheese
    Tandoori - means cooked in Tandoor, which is a clay oven
    Chai (Masala Chai) - Indian tea brewed with spices

    Patel Brothers Grocery Store is located at 1850 S Hurstbourne Pkwy Ste 134 close to the 1-64 Expressway

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    About Mary Margaret Sparks

    I grew up overseas in Asia and at 18 moved to Kentucky to attend Georgetown College. I received a degree in Visual Art and English Literature. I am a sculptor and textile artist focusing on advocacy work. I also have my own company called Fly Away Fox where I create unique accessories with vintage fabric such as pillows, hair accessories, children clothes and aprons. I also work at Block Party Handmade Boutique as the public relations and social media manager. I currently write for the Arts-Louisville website as a visual art reviewer and now for I try to showcase Louisville's unique food culture through new restaurant reviews, small locally owned businesses and the international community.

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