Follow your nose. Community masala shops are rooms full of as-yet undiscovered smells and flavours that would inspire any mildly curious cook to experiment. Besides, these shops are also great places to receive expert tips. Ask a question or two and invariably a little cluster forms. The owner fills you in with stories of what goes into each masala and why, where it is made and how to use it. Other regular shoppers overhear and pitch in.
Here’s the first community masala spice trail featuring shops both well- and little-known. Expect to take home Goan sorpotel, Sindhi thandai mix, Bohri birista, and Parsi patia masala.
All you need to do this trail is your phone and working internet connection. So go ahead and have a spice filled day!