Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Indian Edible Perfume Help Needed

I hope this post isn't outside the terms of reference of FBS - almost all the posts I see are on technical and marketing issues and I wouldn't want to receive another caning from Headmistress Breach.

A Wall Street banker (!?!) has written to me asking if I can help him find a NY source for mitha ittar, which is an edible perfume something like kewra extract and a speciality of the Avadh region of northern India. I'm usually pretty good at web research these days, but although I've been able to find some recipes that use it and some references to it being worn as a male perfume at Eid, I can't get any further. Knowing that there are so many great Indian gastronomes as members and readers of FBS, I thought someone might be able to help me provide this chap with an answer to his search.

This Post was written by Trig from Aidan Brooks: Trainee Chef.

21 comments:

nika said...

ANOTHER caning?!

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

Trig,
Try Kewra Essence. You can buy it (from a UK site) here:

http://www.qualityspices.com/cgi-bin/cgiwrap/kundanfo/shopzone30.cgi/st_main.html?p_catid=34

Hope this helps!

Trig said...

Thanks Scott, but it's not kewra which is made from the screwpine. It's a different perfumed spice. But I'll have a look at your site and maybe contact them to see if they know.

Trig said...

Nika - I've never been chastised by Sam for anything I didn't deserve. I was naughty recently, criticising another blogger, and had a smack on the back of my hand.

Sam said...

sigh - the things you guys lead me to have to do 8P

Andrew said...

Hey, if anyones gonna get a whipping form the Headmistress it's gonna be me!!

Join the queue

Trig said...

But you have to have Indian perfumed spice massaged into you before the whipping starts, Andrew. Now before you pass out as a result of excess fantasization, how about an answer to my question!

nika said...

Sam: dang, they are lining up these days, impressive.

Monica said...

High! Interesting site you have here. I like it!
You are wellcome at my drug search engine:
http://pharma.my-place.us/ - viagra
http://zithromax.my-place.us/ - zithromax
Have a nice day!

Monica said...

Also chek out these:
http://diazepam.byethost7.com/ - diazepam
http://cialis.byethost7.com/ - cialis
By!

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

Uh, we got spam! How to delete it?

Susan said...

Dunno, but obviously "Monica" the spammer liked the references to whippings and massage oils. I suppose you can't say she wasn't on-topic. : )

Trig said...

I knew I shouldn't have let this get out of hand. My poor chap in New York still hasn't got an answer. Nika - you started the trouble and you're closest to the Apple - any thoughts on ittr?

Trig said...

Whoops, sorry. I see Susan is even closer. Come on then, what about my Indian spice?

Susan said...

And don't think I haven't been quietly sleuthing since this first posted. Best I can make out (and this is hardly scientific) can go two ways: if it's culinary ittar (generic for essense, like an infusion/extract) then he can probably go to the Indian section of the city in Murray Hill (aka Curry Hill) and poke around the many Indian businesses there. Could be, though, he is Islamic and looking for spiritual ittar. If that's the case, he may still find it in Curry Hill, although more Indians are Hindu rather than Islamic. For the record, the reason why it's edible is that the proper distillation contains no chemicals, not even alcohol. This doesn't necessarily mean all flowers used in ittar are edible. If you need map coordinates for Curry Hill, will be happy to provide. I could send you an email, Trig, w/ more details on the area and ittar. I could expound on this even more, but I'm cluttering up the comment space enough.

Trig said...

Susan, I love you. Thanks ever so much and have a great Easter holiday.

Susan said...

Trig,
Happy to help and happy Easter. I can't imagine what you will be preparing, assuming you are doing the cooking.

nika said...

uuuh, what susan said :-) I dont do perfumes or essences.. I get migraines from them so I dont know much about it all.

I may be "close" to the apple (3 hours) but its still too far for shopping trips :-)

Now if you need to know anything about Sturbridge or even Brimfield, I am your go-to maven.

Anonymous said...

Here is a wild guess from a non-Indian, so take with a drop of mitha ittr. Mitha means sweet and ittr (also ittar or attar) means perfume, so mitha ittr could be any sweet smelling spice. A favorite dish in many Indian households is halwa, a sweet made from wheat semolina, butter, sugar and spices. In the Avadh region there is a special halwa made with germinated wheat extract, Samnak, which has a sweet smell. Maybe that is what your friend is referring to.

Trig said...

Thanks to you all for your suggestions. I think my reader has found his spice now.

Anonymous said...

I love to bargain.. I can only bargain at MyDeals247.com where else?