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September 08, 2015

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Spicy Rubs from Spicentice

With the inclusion of their delicious Harissa rub in the September hot sauce box we caught up with the team at Spicentice.


Can you tell us a little bit about Spicentice, what made you get in to the business and how did it start out?

Take one hungry student, a bunch of other hungry students and a handful of mum’s specially blended herbs and spices and you have the story of Spicentice!

Ketan VaruBack in 1994 when founder, Ketan Varu, was at university, his mum sent him recipes and spices to make real Indian curries that would remind him of home. Pretty soon all his friends were hooked and the idea for Spicentice was born.

All these years later Spice 'N' tice is very much a family business (with mum, Manjula, and dad, Ramnik, still making sure Ketan eats a good lunch!) and the range has grown to include Indian, Thai, Jamaican, Moroccan, Portuguese, Cajun and Mexican spice kits, along with herb & spice rubs in handy tins and real Indian fruit chutneys.

Spicentice stands out from the crowd because of its commitment to traditional recipes that have been perfected over generations, with 100% pure herbs & spices, no waste and absolutely no nasties! Cooking and sharing a meal using our spice kits or rubs will impress your family and friends (and make Ketan’s mum very happy!).


Tell us a little bit about the Harissa rub featuring in this month's box and what it is that makes it so special.

Harissa RubSuch a tasty chilli heat to this classic Harissa blend, perfect for rubbing into meat, fish and veggies before roasting. Make your own delicious Harissa paste by mixing the rub with oil, crushed garlic, tomato puree and lemon juice - you'll never buy ready-made paste again! We love a little rub mixed with oil and vinegar, drizzled on roasted vegetable cous cous. Try Harissa paste mixed with butter and breadcrumbs before stuffing under the skin of a chicken breast before roasting, it's delicious.


Outside of your own products, what chilli sauce / rub keeps you coming back for more?

Ketans dad Ramnik - whose recipes our products are based on, has always been a keen chilli grower. At his home, he grows a variety of Chillies from seeds in his greenhouse. These include Friars Hats, Jalapeno, Joes Long Cane, Hungarian Wax, Dorset Naga & Ancho - then when they are fully grown, he harvest them & makes delicious curries, relishes & sauces - these are the best outside of our own products & a very worthy of a mention here.

Matt Baker
Matt Baker


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