This place is a gem in Salem. I'm just going to put that right out there. If you remember a shop called Katmandu in downtown Salem, you'll now find Shiba, her spices and cooking products at this new warehouse/store location near the Salem Parkway. You can hardly miss the sign!
|Making samosas in the kitchen area|
|Some of Shiba's products|
I went with a friend who has taken Shiba's cooking classes for many years and so we were treated like family and even given some tastes of food she was making for the prepackaged portion of their business. You can find their lunches and spices in Whole Foods and New Seasons stores around the northwest and they also supply food for many some local college cafeterias. I heard both Chemeketa and Corban mentioned as customers while we were there.
|A balanced plate of flavors - potato filling, rice with lentils, garbanzo dish, and cilantro chutney|
|Somosas with a basil dipping sauce|
|Baratha - whole wheat style bread|
In addition, Happy Curry will be doing cooking classes again starting sometime in June. They are remodeling a section of the warehouse in order to make it work, so keep in touch with them if you are interested in learning to cook curries, and other tasty morsels, yourself.
One other way to get a taste of these foods in the meantime (other than actually cooking them yourself, I mean) is to ask about her frozen items. She sells pre-cooked packaged meals for anywhere from $2.50-$5.00. She has everything from packaged lunches to soup bases to somosas. What she has available just depends on what she has prepared, I believe, so be sure to ask if you're interested in frozen meal options.
|Different types of beans|
"Healthy, tasty, satisfying," that is our motto, Shiba told me, not long before we left. I must say, I left feeling very satisfied.
Happy Curry Foods
2771 Commercial St NE
Salem, OR 97301