[INDIAN] Formerly known as India Direct, India Sweets and Spices is maddeningly hard to find, but name change or no, the store still delights with its selection of Indian mainstays—provided you notice the partially hidden back room. Whether you opt for a prepackaged garam masala or choose to assemble one of your own from the myriad bulk items, the shop has you covered. Once laden with your Spice Road booty, either have a seat and order from their dining room while enjoying the ambience of Bollywood television or grab a spicy sambar cracker mix to munch on the way home.

Grocery list: Urad dal, papadum, whole dried mace.