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Our “Success” Story

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Lanka Spice (Pvt) Ltd was established in 1984 with a handful of employees. From the inception the Company looked to produce spices and spices powders of high quality, procuring them from overseas and local suppliers, who had to meet the stringent norms set by the Company with regard to quality.

The “spice” journey of Lanka Spice was not an easy one, as we had to face severe competition. Over time, our brand “Mc Currie” became a household name our housewives trusted and they continue to patronize our products.

Our plant at Makumbura, which is the “birth place” of our expanded Company, deals with the procuring and packaging of spices and spice powders for distribution among leading supermarkets islandwide. Our newly acquired plant, with state-of-the-art technology in Nalanda Industrial Estate in the Matale District of Sri Lanka, exclusively deals with the ready-to-eat jar products.

Our successful journey into Sri Lanka’s spice industry, which now is over 30 years old, has rewarded us with the prestige of becoming the country’s leading spice manufacturer, renowned for its quality and reliability. Until the dawn of the late 80s’ small time traders in the hub of Pettah dealt with spices. Lanka Spice ventured out by bulk purchasing in a systematic manner of sorting, grading and packaging, which finally opened our doors to processed and value added spices, under strict quality methods. These items today occupy a special place in the country’s kitchens, due to the reliability, safety and quality of each of the products.

“Mc Currie” the brand name of our products brings out the best in spices, spice blends, curry powders, ready-to-eat jar products, baduns, chutneys, sambols and the newly introduced Masala range of Pre-Cooked Gravies, for Squid, Fish, Prawn,Mutton/Beef and Chicken.
Our quality standards are maintained at all stages of processing, as we use only the highest grade of spices. “state of the art” technology and production machinery, modern packaging and technology that maintains aroma and flavor. Our modern laboratories are manned by qualified food technologists, who conduct rigid testing methods on all our products. All these are plus points place “Mc Currie” products on the highest pedestal of the spice industry in Sri Lanka.

“Mc Currie” is HACCP and ISO 22000:2005 certified.

We develop and maintain our food safety assurance programme based on the internationally accepted principles of IOS 22000.

To put it in a simple and understandable language HACCP (known as Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Points) is a widely recognized and used product safety management method in food manufacturing, processing, treatment and service organization. The implementation of HACCP is a legal requirement for the food industry in many countries worldwide.

HACCP certification is necessary for the food manufacturing industry, as food poisoning germs such as Salmonella, Coliform, Reisteria and Camfilobacter are being detected frequently in food in Sri Lanka. This is why “Mc Currie” insists from its suppliers certification from a reputed independent surveying company from the country of import, that the products imported are free from these food poisoning germs.
We are guided by the Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI) on our food safety assurance programme with periodical audits carried out by Officers of the SLSI, Annual Registration and Re-certification after 3 years.

We have always kept our cusstomers in mind in providing maximum safety and sanitation of products guaranteed to the highest norms of food safety, so that they can consume our products without fear. Furthermore, our customers can rest assured and select their products from “Mc Currie” range as every one of our products carry the HACCP certification mark.

So sit back and enjoy our products with less anxiety as Mc Currie always adorns your dining tables and tantalizes your taste-buds with the very best products….

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Household Chores a Housewife Should Not Ignore

Housewives of today are a busy lot. Running a household, looking into the needs of the children and most of all their education is taking a heavy toll on the energy of a housewife. However, every detail has to be looked into by the housewife. It is indeed no easy task. The following are some chores which cannot be overlooked by a housewife.

 

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CREATING A “NEW” WARDROBE

This does not mean, throwing out all your clothes and getting a new set. It means that you empty the contents of your wardrobe and arrange your clothes a new. This you may have done even a month before, but what you should do is remove the clothes to a place where there is sunlight and let them dry out in the sun for a while. It is here that you sort out the clothes you do not wear and put them aside to be given away to a person who could wear them and make use of them. Divide your wardrobe into 4 sections – for clothes you wear often, clothes you wear not too often, clothes you wear for occasions and for lingerie. If you come across old towels cut them in the 3 or four squares and store them for use in the kitchen and for cleaning furniture etc. You will see at the end of this, how much more space you will have in your wardrobe.

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REPLACING/CHANGING YOUR SPICE BOTTLES

It is best that you change your spice bottles, whether they be plastic or tin bottles at least once a year. You could also wash the plastic bottles and dry them thoroughly in the strong sunlight and then refill them with fresh spices. It is best that you have the bottles in a uniform size, as it makes your pantry/kitchen look pretty.

 

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REPLACE SPICES/SPICE POWDERS EVERY MONTH

A common occurrence among housewives is that when spice powders are purchased, the new pack is opened and put into the bottle over the existing spice powder, which is about 2 weeks old. It is best to fill the bottles with fresh spice powders. A good example is that you will tend to see the spice powder in the bottle hardening after some time. This is the result of putting fresh spice powder over the old spice powder. Always buy your spices from groceries where goods move fast.

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CLEAN OUT YOUR FRIDGE AND LET IT DRY FOR ABOUT 2 DAYS

It is indeed a difficult to task to have your fridge switched off for two days! However, it is for the best in the long term. Use a good detergent like Lysol and clean out your freezer and fridge. Especially the freezer as you will find dried up blood from meat or fish, which is a center for bacteria to multiply. Leave the fridge to dry for about two days. Do not close the doors of the fridge, as you need to let fresh air circulate within.

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KEEP A CLEAN, NEAT AND TIDY GARDEN

Cut off all overgrown trees and shrubs, as they are a breeding ground for mosquitoes and even reptiles, who can sit snuggly within them. If there is space in the garden dig up new flower beds. At the end of the day, you will see how neat and tidy your garden is. You could then sit out in the night and watch your handy work as the moon spreads its glow on your garden!

 

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KIDS’ BOOK SHELVES

It is a very common sight to see a kid’s book shelve laden with books of previous grades. Your kids would not mind them being there, but they would also like to have a neat book shelf, something I guess you could not ask them to do! Mothers should sift through the bookshelf and look for old text books and books that have been used and finished up to the last page. Pack these into card board boxes and given them away to children who could make use of them. Arrange the bookshelf in readiness for a new term and check on the neatness of it once a week. Prompt your child to keep the bookshelf neat the tidy and may be reward him or her for its neatness.

The Nutritious Green Apple

The Good Old Saying, “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away”

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This saying cannot be wrong, as you will see how nutritious apples are. However, the most nutritious of apples is the green apple and not the red variety. This is why most westerners consume one green apple a day and drink the juice of green apples, san sugar.

The green apple is rich in dietary fibre. Dietary fibre helps in digestion and also helps control gastritis. Western doctors are of the view that one could never suffer from Colon Cancer, if green apples are consumed daily.

Today lots of people suffer from constipation. This occurs when your intake of dietary fibre is less. It is advised that constipation can be overcome with the intake of a green apple a day. With acute constipation comes the passing of blood, which in turn paves the way for Colon Cancer.

Latest medical reports say that those with high blood pressure should add to their food intake, green apples.

Green apples also contain a certain amount of carbohydrates, which boost energy levels. Green apples are good for patients who are recuperating after surgery or major illnesses.

Green apples are also a rich source of vitamins containing Vitamins A, B and C and also Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Potassium.

Another trio of diseases doing its rounds is Cholesterol, Diabetes and High Blood Pressure, which in turn affect the liver. For those was have these diseases, green apples are a blessing.

Apart from the nutritious fact of green apples, there is also a “Beauty” secret and that is if those who consume green apples on a daily basis have their skin flawless and sparkling, you can rest assured that they consume a green apple a day! This is because of the Vitamins A, B and C which are embedded in the green apple and in return which are good for the skin. Karen Behnke of California bountiful, a Skin Care Company, says, “Most people are astounded to learn that the skin absorbs over 60% of what is placed on it.” After a person reaches 30 years, the skin slowly starts its journey up the “wrinkling” stage. Karen says that green apple treatment is indeed good for the skin and keeps wrinkles at bay. She further goes on the say that one green apple, 10 green grapes, one teaspoon of lime juice, with a helping of Aloe gel made into a paste and applied on the face and neck, helps give your skin a natural sparkle. This paste should be kept on for 20 minutes and then washed away with warm water.

So the next time you draw up your grocery list, do not forget to add a generous number of green apples.

 

 

 

The Holiday Spice That Is Food for Your Bones

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As Christmas is around the corner, those celebrating this season have already started or may be even finished making the delicacies that go with the season, bringing with it spicy food as well.

The main spice that makes an appearance in Christmas Cookies, and Cakes is a powerful anti-inflammatory one and it is certainly not cinnamon.

Yes, it is none other than Ginger, the Root with a Punch. Ginger is used to make the traditional ginger bread cookies, gingerbread man and gingerbread house. Ginger has many  medicinal properties and is used to curb nausea, diarrhea and many more diseases. It is also an effective treatment for ulcers. However, when it comes to taking care of your bones, it is ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties that makes it such a powerful ally in promoting bone density. In other words ginger assists in stopping the body processes that lead to inflammation and this is vital to bone health. Chronic Inflammation is bad for your bones. Inflammation can be divided into 2 segments; acute and chronic. While acute inflammation plays a role in bone healing, chronic inflammation is not so. It has been seen in studies to reduce the density of the bone, resulting in the development of osteoporosis.

So this Christmas give your bones a gift. So let us adorn our Christmas tables with ginger based products, as a gift not only for you, but your family and friends.

Health Remedies from Your Own Spice Rack – Part 1

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When we sit back and wonder how our ancestors curbed diseases and illnesses, when modern medicine was not heard of, automatically our thoughts reach out the herbal remedies which they practiced. Today, if your kid sneezes three times in a row, you rush him to the nearest medical centre and he is prescribed a series of medicinal drugs and a volley of tests to be done.  But do you know that for the mildest of illnesses such as indigestion, cough and cold, your own spice rack in your kitchen give you healthy remedies?

We bring you today, the fist in its series of Health Remedies from Your Own Spice Rack, which we no doubt think would help you immensely.

 

  1. Fennel Seeds

Nothing can be as embarrassing as bad breath. Supermarket racks are full of expensive mouth washes, that clear your breath, but at a price. Look no further than your spice and herb rack in your very own kitchen and you will find your answer there in the form of Fennel Seeds. All you got to do is much on about 7 fennel seeds and swallow them.  You will find your breathe clearing due to fennel seeds helping in digestion and deodorizing of the digestive track.

 

  1. Garlic Powder

A busy housewife does get herself injured with scrapes. In an instance like this, dissolve a teaspoon of garlic powder in water to form a paste and apply on the affected area.

 

  1. Cough and Sore Throat

A “Pepper Tea Recipe”. Have you heard of it? Well if you haven’t, the next time you start coughing and your throat feels sore, add a teaspoon of black pepper in a teacup of hot water, cover for 10 minutes, add 1 tablespoon of honey and drink it. Pepper and honey acting as a decongestant and antibiotic respectively, brings relief to the throat.

 

  1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon powder mixed with almond or coconut milk and simmered on a low flame, helps combat indigestion, diarrhea and flatulence. It also helps in reducing bad cholesterol when taken mixed with bee’s honey.

Mc Currie’ Jar Products – A Ready-to-Eat Experience

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Mc Currie has been in the business of turning out delicious cuisine in jars that helps the busy housewife to conjure a meal at the snap of her fingers and the secret lies in the Mc Currie ready-to-eat jar products.

Our jar Product range is extensive, from Seeni Sambol to Precooked Gravies. Our newest addition to the ready-to-eat jar products is the Masala Pre-cooked gravies, which are a firm favourite among housewives, due to the easy method of preparation, which takes below 15 minutes.

What makes Mc Currie jar products unique is that we do not use any preservatives, but the shelf life of our products are for a year!

All our jar products are exclusively manufactured at our Nalanda Factory in the Matale District, which is equipped with state of the art technology and stringent quality standards that are monitored round the clock.

Our ready-to-eat jar products are very popular among expatriates and parents whose children study in Universities abroad. This is due to the fact that we also have vacuum packing facilities, which is a convenient method to send our products overseas.

Sandwiches could be prepared from any of our jar products, venturing into an innovative style of cuisine that only Mc Currie can think of giving its customers.

Our jar products are available at all three of our showrooms at Maya Avenue, makumbura Pannipitiya and at Nalanda (In the Matale District).

So the next time you need to send cuisine that is Sri Lankan to your relatives abroad, step into our Mc Currie Showrooms where you will have personalized service in bringing out the best of your requirements.

Health Benefits of Spices

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In the initial days of trading, Sri Lanka was known as a “Spice Island”

What prompted us to touch on the subject of health benefits of spices, was an article in the Sunday times of 18th November 2012, titled “The Dye is cast on the Fabric of Taste”, which is frightening to say the least.

Today most people have pushed the use of preparation of meals at home, thus pushing away the use of spices to take a back seat. This phenomenon is due to the birth of a vast number of fast-food outlets and wayside mobile outlets that sell all types of cooked food. If we stop to think, how these foods are prepared, under what conditions and the quality of spices used, our findings would surely be “distasteful”, with the use of sub-standard and non-edible food colouring used in the preparations.

At Lanka Spice, all our products are carefully chosen, with the support of a well equipped laboratory facility.

Spices have gone hand in hand with the long history of cultural heritage, its use in foods to enhance taste and its health benefits. Spices can be used to totally or to a degree replace less desirable ingredients such as salt, sugar and added saturated fat in, marinades and dressings, stir-fry dishes, casseroles, soups and curries.

Today one should change dietary habits, by pushing away curry sauces towards the old gentle mélange of spices.

Spices that reduce Bad Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a problem that is faced by many people today. One form of Cholesterol is derived from the food we eat, thus increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Spices such as Cinnamon, Turmeric and Ginger are those that help reduce levels of Bad Cholesterol.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon has been used in a vast number of cultures for different medical problems. Today Cinnamon still plays a vital role in many health claims from treating diabetes to cancer.

According to Reader’s Digest., a Pakistani study found that 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon daily can reduce bad cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes by nearly 30 percent and cut total cholesterol by 26 percent.

Powdered cinnamon could be used in baking or as a flavouring to cooking. A little cinnamon sprinkled on toasts, desserts, fruits, or drinks like coffee or hot cocoa makes your item of food or drink taste better.

Furthermore, cinnamon also helps treat diabetes. At times cinnamon is found in capsule form which works wonder with the lowering of diabetes and cholesterol.

A remedy which I personally use is 1 tsp of cinnamon powder mixed with 1 tsp of honey and stirred into one cup of herbal tea, does wonders with your cholesterol, you will feel the difference after two or three cups of this herbal tea.

Turmeric

When considering cholesterol lowering foods, don’t forget the health benefits of turmeric.

Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and the flesh is a bright orange color. Turmeric is used to flavor curries, especially vegetable curries (or white curries). Turmeric is not just a culinary spice, turmeric possesses many health benefits due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Early studies have revealed that turmeric can lower bad cholesterol and total cholesterol in the body. Turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, acts as a messaging molecule, directing genes in the liver to increase production of messenger proteins to rid the body of bad cholesterol. Although turmeric is currently most notable for its antioxidant, anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties, there has been recent talk about its ability to lower cholesterol.

It is better to obtain the pure form of turmeric to enjoy the highest levels of curcumin. Use curcumin to flavor curries, lentil soup, stir-fry, and as a seasoning for meat and fish.
Ginger

Ginger delivers more than flavor to food, desserts and drinks. Initial studies showed that ginger may lower cholesterol levels and prevent blood from clotting. Spice up your food with grated ginger or steep slices of ginger in boiling water for a refreshing ginger drink. Ginger adds fresh flavor to stir-fry, soups, marinades and sauces.

The list of spices that have medicinal values are extensive and this is just a glance at how you can stay healthy.

Stay tuned to our Blog for more Articles that would safeguard your health !!

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