Cooking Tips: Shan Spice Mixes for South Asian Meals
Remember Shake â€˜n Bake from the 70â€™s? Well, a friend has introduced me to Shan spice mixes, which remind me of Shake â€˜n Bake. These are pre-mixed spice packs for different Pakistani dishes. So although you arenâ€™t really coating meat with these spices, you are just adding a few key ingredients to produce a legit-tasting South Asian meal.
(Here in San Francisco, youâ€™ll notice that many Indian restaurants bill themselves as Indian & Pakistani cuisine. There are many similar dishes but Pakistani dishes do not contain porkâ€¦and they do eat beef. Think Shalimar.)
I went to a South Asian grocery tucked away in Foster City and purchased a bunch of these packs for 99 cents a box. What a bargain! Buying the spices individually takes up a ton more room and money. If thereâ€™s enough interest, Iâ€™ll dig out the exact location and post it. Stay tuned for exciting Shan recipes that my friend has taught me! A true time-saver and a bargainâ€¦
(Chefâ€™s Note: If you do buy Shan mix and can only read English, like me, IGNORE the cooking directions on the back of the box! I have followed these directions with no success until my friend told me that they were not accurate. The recipes call for a whole bag of spices to be added, but really, you only need about 1-2 TABLESPOONS. Otherwise the dish will be way too salty or spicy!)