Spices used in INDIA

@Kowgirl (3490)
United States
July 27, 2012 5:04pm CST
I would like to know what spice they use in INDIA that has a bad odor that lingers on the clothing, in the hair and in their homes. I have a neighbor who either smokes bad "pot" or cooks with this spice and it causes me and others who live next to them to have headaches and become nauseated. They either cook or smoke 2 to 3 times a day. I can't sleep or eat because of this horrible odor. The medication I got from my doctor is not helping any. I can't move or I will have to pay for the remainder of my lease. We have 8 apartments in our building and so far 3 tenants have moved because of the odor. What can the rest of us do to get rid of the odor in our apartments?
5 responses
• Kochi, India
28 Jul 12
Its agarbathi.It is used to repel evil spirits.
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• India
28 Jul 12
Kowgirl Do you also hear tring tring sound like bell ringing at the same time when it smells a lot then, and a honk sound. Then its incense (agarbathi) smell.
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@viju0410 (2286)
• India
28 Jul 12
Oh gara - 3 times a day! I think twice we do in India.
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@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
30 Jul 12
Thanks garavegeta,bloodmask and viju0410 You are right...they burn incense 2 times a day and that is what I am told is the odor. You guys have been such a tremendous help with this. () () ()(hugs) to all of you.
• United States
27 Jul 12
Your response seems like there is some exaggeration. However, there are a lot of strong odor sprays in the stores that you can purchase. Some examples like Febreeze or any other odor remover will work. You can purchase it at your local grocery stores. As far as the problem you are having with your neighbor, you should talk to the neighbor nicely about what the smell is coming from. People from Indian cook with lots of strong spices. I personally love indian food and enjoy the smells. Maybe to your nose, it may seem unpleasant. Do not jump to conclusions and predict that all smells are bad. For instance, your username is Kowgirl. You must love cows but not everyone loves their scent. Overall, if the odor is bothering you very much and your health like you say then either speak rationally to your neighbor, or buy odor removing spray for your home, or just keep your windows closed. But don't insult Indian people and their spices, because I bet you make food items that may smell good to you but smells bad or looks unappealing to eat to others also.
@marguicha (191412)
• Chile
28 Jul 12
Welcome to mylot!
• United States
28 Jul 12
Thank You So Much!
@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
28 Jul 12
Welcome to MyLot CollegeGirl92 Kowgirl has nothing to do with cows, it's horseback riding. Which I can't do anymore but I sure miss it. It took me a while to realize why I was having headaches and felt so sick. I never thought any odor could cause headaches. My doctor says it is a common thing for some people but this is a first for me. If I could get around better I would spend more time outside or away from the apartment but alas I'm stuck up here until my son helps me downstairs. I have tried every deodorizing item on the market. My windows are closed but since I am above them the odor seeps up here fast and strong. I'm sure we all sometimes cook something that doesn't smell good to others but not every day. My son thinks it may be bad "pot". I have no idea what pot smells like so I don't know. I didn't mean to offend anyone I was just asking for help in trying to control the odor in my apartment.
@viju0410 (2286)
• India
28 Jul 12
Hi, I am from India but I actually couldn’t understand this spice with a bad odor. However what I feel is the neighbor is frying the garlic and onion in the pan (with a little oil) and people can easily get nauseated by this odor. Also the neighbor would be adding a lot of other spices for the non-veg cooking including fish. Again, if it is non-veg, they can cook it in one go. So the probability is that they are slightly over-frying this garlic/onion mixture. In my vegetarian cooking, I never use garlic as I don’t like the smell of it. But for the health benefits, I sometime use it when I cook for my children & husband. Now, how do you get rid of this odor – you may open all the windows/doors for a while of your apartments and someone should suggest the neighbor to use the ‘exhaust fan’ in their kitchen. Happy lotting and a nice weekend.
@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
30 Jul 12
Thanks viju0410, I don't think I will be opening any windows when the temp is close or at 100 degrees during the day. There is no exhaust fan over the stoves only one that recirculates. Apts. built in the 70's Turns out it wasn't the food/spices but incense they burn 2 times a day.
@ddaguno (3107)
• Philippines
28 Jul 12
very sensitive topic indeed. i hope by responding to this my Indian friends wont hate me. I have worked with Indian officemates for 2 years and yes, their food smell a lot differently from what I am used to. I think the spice that you are looking for is masala. it smells a lot stronger than curry and for those who are not used to their food it may smell unpleasant.
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@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
30 Jul 12
Thanks you so much ddaguno, This was a touchy topic but You and other Myloters have been of great help. I have been told it was the sent of burning incense that they burn 2 times a day Guess it has nothing to do with what they cook. I got up enough courage to ask an Indian who works in a shop that sells a lot of things Indians use. He explained what it was and why they burn it. I'm 73 and still learning new and wondrous things.
@marguicha (191412)
• Chile
27 Jul 12
Why don´t you ask your neighbor? I doubt that everybody in every country uses the same spices. If the odor is so overwhelming, maybe you should ask your landlord to do something about it. I have met people from all over the world and whatever their nationality, some smell nice and some don´t. I´m sure that something that makes people move out of a place is not a spice.