I was in India over the summer and a friend (a lovely Mumbai-based food writer) suggested that I sample Spice Drops. I am glad she did! These lovely little bottles carry the essence of a spices and range from saffron to cardamom to Tea Masala. I totally did not expect to like them – I prefer using fresh spices. But I did! I tried the garlic drops when making a stir-fry and it did indeed add a lovely touch of garlic to my dish.
I caught up with the owner Jinesh Shah to see if he could shed a little more light on the product for us:
1. Tell me a little about your background and a little about the business.
“Universal Oleoresins is a part of Shah Group of Companies. We are joint family based company from Kolkata and are Tea exporters since last 100 years. Established in 1981, we are Manufacturers and Exporters of Spice Oils, Oleoresins and Natural Colours. [THEY ARE}An affiliate of Shah Group of Concerns, which has a combined turnover of over $25 million…”
2. How did you get started with spice essences?
“We came to Cochin to establish our long standing Tea business in the South and that is when we came across the booming market of spices in Cochin and we decided to do something different (value added) from the others( regular exports of spices and spice powders).”
3. What makes your essence, Spice Drop™, so good and stand out so much?
“As the name suggests Spice Drop™ is an absolutely natural, water-soluble spice in liquid form with all the richness of pure spices. It is a unique ‘one-drop’ concept in the world of spice, where the power of Oils and Oleoresins is brought to the consumer’s home in ready-to use form. It can be used drop-by drop adding natural taste and flavour to your daily food and beverages.It is absolutely natural with no synthetic colours or flavours added. It is free from bacteria, fungus and prevents the infestation of the same.Being devoid of moisture it has a long shelf life of 2 years compared to powders or pastes that have a shelf life of just few weeks or months.It does away with the tedious chores of peeling, grinding, mixing, crushing etc.,making it very convenient to use. It also does not require any heating to release the flavour of spices. It can be added at any stage of cooking or even after cooking.”
4. Can you give me examples of the types of spice essence you have and how people may use them?
We have arrange of 12 different flavours in Spice Drop™ as below.People can use them any where they add a regular spice and want a sudden change of flavor. It works like a table salt and does not require any special processing or cooking.People can carry them while travelling and add wonderful flavor with just a drop.
Cardamom, Chai Masala (Tea Masala), Ginger, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Garlic, Jeera (Cumin), Clove, Red Chilly, Garam Masala (Curry Mix), Kesar (Saffron) and Kesar Milk Masala.
5. Where can people buy them?
Our products are currently available only in India,Middle
East,Singapore.We have exported to the USA in the past, and are
planning to restart the same in the near future. If you are in India, you can find the product in spice stores. You can also order online from their site.
GIVEAWAY – I am giving away a selection of the SPICE DROPS to a reader. Leave a comment here as to why you want to win. I will pick a winner on NOV 7th at 4:00 pm. I am only able to mail to a US address. Thanks for entering.