Great Indian grocery store. I was having trouble finding ingredients to cook Indian food at the standard grocery chains in Paris such as turmeric (wouldn't expect that to be so difficult), yellow lentils, and gram flour, but fortunately Velan had everything on my list. They have a large variety of flours, spices, chutneys, sauces, beans. Pretty much anything you need to cook Indian food!
A real spice wonderworld, Velan is my go-to shop which I'm craving anything with a kick.
My mom and I recently went there with a full list of ingredients to buy for a Green Thai Curry Shrimp dish she wanted to make, and they had everything (except the shrimp) and despite our big purchases the total bill came to just over 10E.
Shopping at Velan is always an educational experience as well. There are so many amazing foods to discover, and often finding the ingredients in French can be a challenge if you're used to the name in English. For example, we had to ask three different people where the dried Kaffir lime leaf was (it's feuilles de kokumba in French) since we had no idea what it was called. It was actually another shopper that steered us in the right direction.
Splendid and rather busy Indian grocery nestled in the faded glory of the Passage Brady; first refuge of the Paris curry-hound. Possibly the widest selection of spices and herbs in the area, along with freshly made samozas, a good selection of spicy snacks and a fair tranche of English staples (beans, HP sauce, Lipton's teas, Marmite, Patak's pickles and so on). Its well-deserved success has recently prompted an expansion and now a wider range of Indian DVDs, hair-products and Ganeshes can be found at the far end of the shop.
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