I don’t know when it happened, but Patel’s market must have undergone a major renovation recently. I was there years ago and I remember it being dark and kind of grimy. But now the place is larger, brighter, and very clean. Its beautiful, actually!
We must have walked around in awe for an hour. I wish I hired a guide to bring me around. The array of spices and condiments was mind-boggling. Take any dish or component of a dish you’ve ever had in an Indian restaurant and they must have had 10 or 15 varieties of each.
Ended up with some spice mixes for sauces, naan, samosas, and crispy Indian snacks including one which I will turn into one of my favorite appetizers, bhel puri. Though frozen, the samosas and naan were restaurant quality!
Killer prices too-- puts Shop Rite to shame (example: limes were 10 cents each). They are having an anniversary special. Various items around the store are Buy One/Get One: the box of samosas was $3.99 (Shop Rite is usually $4.99 and the quality is inferior) and got one free. Same with some of the snacks. The enormous bag of naan was $5.99.