I Can't Help Myself

If I have the whole day to think to myself I always come up with these great life plans. Like the time I was going to quit my job and open a bookstore so I could read all day. Or when I took Spanish lessons and wanted to move to Spain and become a flamenco dancer.

The Saturday just been, I was getting prepared to cook Chicken Tikka Marsala from a Gordon Ramsay recipe when I thought, "Hey, I've got heaps of time, why settle with one Indian dish when I can make...THREE!". An Indian Banquet you could call it. Before I knew it I was pulling up to Indian Aroma Grocery Shop on Shakespeare Street in Mackay. It's a new store in town. I have never been there before so a new experience, new ingredients and three new recipes, is what I call a good day. No one ever said that I do things by halves.

I walked in the store and was instantly greeted by a wonderful man and woman who wanted to help me. I was a little embarrassed so I just said I was browsing and then checked the store out. It has two aisles but both are jammed pack with every single Indian ingredient I could think of. It also had a plethera of pastes, spices and mixes everything to make indian cooking more accessible for the everyday Australian/Kiwi.

After a while of trying to search for Chickpea flour I ended up asking for help. I told the nice woman, who I am pretty sure owned the store, that I wanted to make onion bhaji and I didn't know which flour to use, she handed me a packet of besan flour (the real name for chickpea flour) and then a packet of spice mix that she said was perfect for onion bhaji and that I should think about adding some cauliflower and eggplant.

I also picked up a packet of curry leaves which happened to only come in lifetime supply size and some red lentils. Not only did I leave with advice, some new knowledge and tips of cooking bhaji but also a pleasant surprise on my face.  I find that nothing impresses me more than really good customer service and because of it I will definitely be back for more ingredients, although like I said I think I have enough curry leaves to last me a lifetime.
Indian Aroma Grocery Shop is located on Shop 2, 326 Shakespeare St, MACKAY, QLD, 4740


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