If there is one thing that every Indian kitchen cabinet should have, it is the Spices Box. Indian spice box also called the ‘masala Dabba’ is a one-piece box or a container with several small compartments filled with various spices that are commonly used in Indian cooking. A masala Dabba is something that every Indian cook worth her salt should have within easy reach in her kitchen. In many homes, it is a prized possession and sometimes, intricately carved masala boxes are handed down generations.
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Some of these spice boxes have a tiny spoon, which is used as a measure. This gives the cook great control over the number of spices used in the cooking of various curries. The masala boxes are usually kept away from within reach of young children. So it is always held in awe and wonderment. The young ladies of the house acquire the responsibility of handling and using the masala box once they reach a certain level of proficiency in cooking. The opening of the spice box itself is an event that sends the aroma of fresh spices wafting across the house.
Today, the wooden spice box has become somewhat of a novelty among the new generation. Many are discovering once again the joy of gaining control over the magical elements that bring that special taste and aroma to all that they cook. This is why the Wooden Masala Box (which keeps the spices safe, cool, and protected from dampness) has once again become an element of delight and curiosity. It is also recognized as one of the best gift items that one can ever give to a newly-wed or on ‘house-warming’ ceremonies to families that have just set up their independent home.