Udaipur Spice Market


At the spice market you buy whatever quantity of spice you need and I assume take it home in a plastic bag. I didn’t see any spices for sale in containers of any kind. Even though it looked like a wholesale market, it wouldn’t surprise me if you could buy small quantities for home use. This is India. Anything is possible.


Ground jeera (cumin), haldi (turmeric) and mirchi (cayenne pepper and black pepper) are commonly used in Indian dishes.


There were lentils in several colors, beans and grains I didn’t recognize, but no rice.


Chili outnumbered the other spices many times over.


Jeera seeds, front row far left. The rest, I have no idea.

If it hadn’t been so hot, I would have been more inclined to ask what were the things I didn’t recognize. But since I’m not a foodie, not writing an article on food, and didn’t intend to buy any of these, I did not. Still, it was a fascinating place to wander around. I’d love to return another time when it isn’t sweltering.



Raw sugar.



4 thoughts on “Udaipur Spice Market

    • At first I thought the raw sugar might have been more black soap, but Rafiq clued me in. When I got closer, I could smell the sweetness, and there were some very interested wasps hovering around.

    • Oddly enough, there wasn’t that much aroma to the place. There was definitely no smell of sweet spices such as cloves, cinnamon or nutmeg. I only saw cinnamon bark (see next to last photo) and didn’t see cloves at all. This market seemed to have 80% red chili, 5% cumin, 5% turmeric and a smattering of other spices. But it was very interesting and very colorful. I definitely want to return and explore some more!

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