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Anyone shop at ethnic markets (Indian, in particular)?

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Anyone shop at ethnic markets (Indian, in particular)?

I feel slightly overwhelmed in trying new foods from Asian and Indian markets. Any recommendations?

I've noticed my Indian market has a plethora of ghee imported from India. Generally speaking, without researching the companies one by one, how would you rate (grass-fed, clean practices, treatment of animals) animal products such as ghee from India?

Anyone tried fermented coconut sap?

I know I can clarify my own Kerrygold butter, but I can't help but feel I'm not making it as right as I could.

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on June 03, 2011
at 04:53 PM

Yes! Thanks Josh! Apologize I did not clarify - A 'Water Buffalo' is a dark skinned cousin of the cow. Its Milk has a higher fat content than the regular cow

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on June 03, 2011
at 04:17 PM

I just eat it! It thaws really quick, but on a hot day, it's good slightly frozen too.

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on June 03, 2011
at 03:47 PM

What do you make with your froco? (froco = frozen coconut)

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on June 03, 2011
at 03:20 PM

It tastes exactly like soy sauce. I used to take my bottle with me when I went for sushi (when I still ate rice..)

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on June 03, 2011
at 02:02 PM

a 'water buffalo' is a cow ;) one does not get water from milk.

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on June 03, 2011
at 02:00 PM

I realize there might only be a miniscule amount of actual soy in soy sauce, but I had no idea what to use as a paleo substitute. I will have to try the fermented coconut sap!

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on June 03, 2011
at 12:56 PM

i buy all my turmeric there and many spices.....and my ghee. By the gallon.

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water from buffalo milk? Not sure how I feel about that. thanks for the tip

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on June 03, 2011
at 02:59 PM

I find that asian markets (primarily Chinese and Korean around here, also some Vietnamese) have a very impressive selection of Paleo-friendly foods, including offbeat stuff that you won't find at your local, um, western-style grocery store.

One near me has a cooler section titled the "Special Case" which has the organ meats, usually chicken hearts/feet/heads/necks/liver, pork feet/ears/liver/heart, beef brain/feet/liver/heart, etc. These are great sources of nutrients and gelatin, and are cheap as all get-out.

They also have a much wider variety of produce, lots of green leafy things, tropical fruits, etc.

The seafood sections can be impressive too, usually 15-20 varieties of fish, and guys at the counter who will prepare it however you like. Whole rockfish, salmon, oysters, clams, crabs, shark, smelt, mackerel, etc. It's really a bonanza.

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on June 03, 2011
at 03:15 PM

I wandered and wandered around reading labels and everything at my Indian store seemed to have other stuff in it.

The one thing I do buy is awesome bags of frozen coconut, single ingredient: COCONUT and it's cheap, $1.50 per bag and delicious.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on June 03, 2011
at 03:47 PM

What do you make with your froco? (froco = frozen coconut)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on June 03, 2011
at 04:17 PM

I just eat it! It thaws really quick, but on a hot day, it's good slightly frozen too.

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on June 03, 2011
at 06:00 PM

Regarding ghee, if expense is not an issue, Pure Indian Foods has grassfed butter ghee, which I have personally been using to fry meat and it is delicious. If you were going to clarify Kerrygold anyway, it is not that much more expensive. I would trust it way, way more than an Indian brand made from cows who eat God knows what.

Regarding everything else in the grocery, I used to shop at Indian groceries all the time when I lived in an Eastern city and, pre-paleo, ate mostly rice and beans with chutney and spices to flavor it up as a poor college student. The spices are generally the real deal (cheap too) and many you cannot find elsewhere. They often have bulk whole spices which can be useful for cooking in large quantities. The whole spices will stay fresh longer than ground so buying in bulk can be useful.

Now that I eat more paleo and try to source better quality meat and fish while limiting intake of processed foods I see no point. I don't generally trust the quality of their meat and fish more than say, Whole Foods or a local farmer. The processed foods are MSG/sugar/soy laden junk from New Jersey. It is only a good deal if you want super cheap Paleo. I would rather pay more for better quality.

The exception to this was when I lived in CA and bought vegetables exclusively at the shady Mexican grocery nearby... that was great. I could fill my backpack with fresh veggies and fruit for less than $10 and the quality was better than the regular supermarkets back East.

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on June 03, 2011
at 12:29 PM

I found a fermented coconut sap (called coconut "aminos") as well as a similar product (coconut "vinegar") at my local Whole Foods and enjoy using both of them in my cooking. Neither is reminiscent of coconut per say, but they are similar to soy sauce and white vinegar respectively.

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on June 03, 2011
at 02:00 PM

I realize there might only be a miniscule amount of actual soy in soy sauce, but I had no idea what to use as a paleo substitute. I will have to try the fermented coconut sap!

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on June 03, 2011
at 03:20 PM

It tastes exactly like soy sauce. I used to take my bottle with me when I went for sushi (when I still ate rice..)

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on June 03, 2011
at 10:36 AM

Regarding Ghee - Indian markets carry Ghee imported from India as well as from some dairies in Canada and some in the US. If your concern is about ghee being from the milk of anti-biotic free, hormone free, grass fed cows then you are better off buying the one sourced from Canadian or US dairies. Ghee imported from India may not have all the qualities listed above, unless the producer specifically declares it, and I have not yet found any in any Indian Market. Also Ghee imported from India can be from water buffalo milk, which is very common in their culture, and not cow milk - just in case that may be a concern for you.

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on June 03, 2011
at 02:02 PM

a 'water buffalo' is a cow ;) one does not get water from milk.

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on June 03, 2011
at 12:03 PM

water from buffalo milk? Not sure how I feel about that. thanks for the tip

A089b683ee0498f2b21b7edfa300e405

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on June 03, 2011
at 04:53 PM

Yes! Thanks Josh! Apologize I did not clarify - A 'Water Buffalo' is a dark skinned cousin of the cow. Its Milk has a higher fat content than the regular cow

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on February 22, 2013
at 09:22 AM

About ghee and dairy products, India hasn't reached that level of commercialization where huge dairy farms are built and animals are exploited as they show in vegan sites. In most part, milk is collected by milk federations from small peasants who rear cows at home. And are grass fed during rainy reason and also other times if there is forest/pasture nearby. So, even though they are not organic certified (most dairy farmers are too poor to go for that), the quality of dairy is definitely better than conventional dairy (from farms) of developed countries...

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