So thrilled to share with you yet another amazing woman who is following her dreams and has created her own line of custom spice blends. Virginia-based Deepa Pakte is a super geek (I am happy to say!) and has a Ph.D in Microbiology with two post doctoral fellowships in Applied and Basic Immunology. So why the spices? Deepa answers, “I first came to the US after being awarded a Fogarty AIRTP fellowship for AIDS research at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In between several years of research and then a high profile job at a local biotech company, my son came along as a miracle for us. Being there for him seemed the one thing I did not want to miss out on. So armed with a lot of support from my husband, I decided to pursue my passion for cooking by providing those around me with the spice blends that would enliven their cooking. My husband has been a great fan of the spice blends I create at home…it was his idea to have my spice blends for a larger audience. He would often wake himself up in the morning by taking a whiff of the blends I have in the cabinets!!”
I asked her about her spice blends and her response, “I cover most of the essentials for Indian cuisine, but also dabble with blends that would suit lighter palates and those that compliment fusion cooking. Currently I have Garam Masala, Pilaf Blend, Tandoori blend, Spiced Mustard , Lentil Blends, both for Dhansaak as well as Sambar, Chai Spice, Coffee Spice (nutmeg based) and a new customer favorite which was featured in the Fairfax Times, the Vindaloo Blend. Blends with a more worldly feel include Juniper Berry Spice Rub, BBQ rub, a zesty rub for poultry, and roasted spices that impart flavor and texture to meats and vegetables alike.”
You can buy all these love blends on her website — Aromatic Spice Blends.
Deepa is offering on lucky US-based reader a taste of her spices: gift pack of Indian Cuisine Pantry Essentials (which includes Garam Masala, Lentil Spice Blend (Dhansaak), Vindaloo Spice Blend, Ground Cumin, Ground Coriander and Turmeric packed in 10g quantities).
To enter: Please leave a comment here and tweet or FB this giveaway. I will pick a winner on Jan 18th!