Not sure what to make for dinner?
Need help planning the perfect dish?
Can’t find fresh spices, a vast variety of herbs and authentic ingredients anywhere?
You just discovered The best kept Foodie Secret in Johannesburg. Make the time, and pop in at Uncle Solly and Aunty Salma’s Spice Gem in Greenside. The family feel of our shop will make you feel right at home. Our prices are competitive, our range comprehensive and there’s always a friendly face to give advice.
We can always help – whether you’re new to the kitchen… out to impress the In-Laws but a bit out of your depth…, or a respected Chef de Cuisine in your own right.
While nothing beats the feeling of coming home to the friendly faces at Eastern Temptations Spice Shoppe, and the scents and flavours of warm exotic cuisine – the true joy of Eastern Temptations lies in unpacking your ingredients when you get home, and bringing the fuzzy feeling to your own kitchen.
The Nutritional goodness, Medicinal worth and Feel-Good wholesomeness of real home made food, shouldn’t cost you extra. They are the result of an adventurous spirit; a kind soul; and a defiant disregard for mediocre ingredients.
From the full range of pulses, legumes and seeds that we carry in stock, you will be able to not only sustain a protein-rich vegetarian, vegan, or even raw lifestyle – but you will be able to cook traditional Indian, Middle Eastern and African cuisine. Packaging ranges from being enough for a family meal, to bulk packs for monthly buys.
Supplementing your diet with spices, and herbs, is more than a decision to enhance the taste of your food. Many of our products have traditionally been used for beauty and health enhancement, and often there are no side-effects, only benefits.
While we pride ourselves on the whole ingredients, different kinds of dried chili and the hot spices you need to flavour your dishes; we also stock various dry and wet masala mixes. The pre-mixed spices save you time, and give you a predictable ingredient in your cooking process.
There is only one way to make your cooking taste like Granny’s… and that’s by using the same authentic ingredients. All our produce, from beans, seeds, legumes, spices, herbs, salt and prepared food carry this same guarantee.
“This really is a family business – Solly and Salma have remembered me from one visit to the next, what I was looking for, what I was going to cook, and what advice they’d given me. They’re always willing to listen, and help.”
Mom and Medical Professional
“I love cooking. I love cooking traditional foods from all over the world – and I have to cater for Vegan, Vegetarian and Raw eating plans in my home. Eastern Temptations has made that a cost-effective, and easy exercise.”
Company Director and Dance Instructor
“Oh well, I’m not a cook at all. I potter around with two left feet in the kitchen! I used to cook everything in one pot like a bachelor, and whatever I made tasted kind of the same – I now buy my raw ingredients from Salma, and make my own tofu from soy beans, make my own hummus from chickpeas – and the most amazing dishes that make my kitchen smell like someone else’s… It’s been a journey.”
Vegetarian and Finger Food Fanatic.
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