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Perfect for travel
on 7 January 2013
I shopped online for quite a while before settling on the Three Sisters masala dabba. I got the empty one for £30, which I then filled myself. I have had it 9 months now. So far it is holding up well.
*It is ideal for travel. We always do self-catering holidays, and I love to make curries, so a masala dabba with individual lids is perfect! I have taken it on three holidays so far and it has performed wonderfully. I just make sure to store it flat and don't tip it over, because that big pot in the middle that has four dividers in it will mix the spices if tipped.
*It holds 12 spices instead of the usual 7 of most dabbas.
*The pots are a decent size if you have a small family.
*The little spice spoon nestles amongst the pots, just turn it on its side and drop it in.
*The clear lids mean you don't need to lift the pots out of the dabba to see what they are. If you know your spices, you should be able to tell by looking. Most dabbas have no labels, or even lids! But just in case you do need to, the names are printed on the sides of the jars and it's easy enough to lift them out.
*Some of the lids on the jars fit tighter than others. I'd rather have them all slide off easily. One in particular in my set gets stuck down so hard that I have to really squeeze and twist on it. The twisting has caused little cracks to crawl across the glass top. I don't know how long it will last, I try to be careful with it and have tried it on every jar. It's tight on all of them. it's just a wonky lid. I've put it on the Fennel which I don't use as much, but it would be better if all the lids were the same.
*When you want to cook, you want to take all the little lids off to have them ready to go, like in a traditional dabba. It can be annoying to take all those lids off and find a place to put them (I usually put them in the top when I set it aside.)
*The pots are on the small side, so if you have a large family or cook Indian food often, you may find refilling them so often to be a pain. I know I go through a LOT of cumin seeds and am always topping it up.
*All that handling of the little pots and lids makes them grubby, whereas with a traditional dabba, normally you just take the lid off and spoon the spices out, without having to touch anything.
Since buying this tin, I have bought a more traditional masala dabba with 7 open cups, an inner lid and a top lid. I quite like it and feel that I would be more than happy with two of those, BUT, for travel, this dabba cannot be beat. You can take a full complement of 12 spices with you and so for that alone it is worth buying.