THE STORY


Manjoor Estate, nestled in the Blue Mountains in the South of India, was perfumed by the tea leaves and the eucalyptus trees that grew on the land surrounding its bungalow. There was always so much activity in my grandfather's house.
As a Member of the Indian Independence Movement and later a Member of the Legislative Assembly, our home hosted dignitaries like Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and, later, his daughter, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

But my fondest memories of our home were much more humble.

But my fondest
memories of our
home were much
more humble.

The center of activity was always the kitchen and the adjoining dining room, with its long table, which fed scores of people four times a day: first the children, then the men of the family and last the women of the household. To this day, the smell of wood burning instantly transports me to the warm embrace of our kitchen. There the cook and my aunts would create the first alchemies of spices that I remember.

Morning would welcome warm cups of milk with saffron, cardamom spiced coffee or chai-spiced tea. I just remember us cupping the shimmering metal cups to warm ourselves, having arisen to the cold hilltop air.
Little did we know that the beautiful threads of saffron were added to rejuvenate our spirits and that the cardamom and chai were added to help us digest the delicious kofi or tea. Lunch, high tea and dinner would follow with many dishes fragranced with an array of spices, including mustard seeds, curry leaves, turmeric, asafetida and fenugreek.
I'm sure no one fully understood the fact that these foods were helping us to prevent cancer by the addition of turmeric or helping the pre-diabetics among us with the addition of mustard seeds. Generations of women passed on the wonders of spices, knowingly or unknowingly, through the scrumptious food and drink of India. The pleasant assault to the senses was compounded by the smell of the smoke of the sandalwood powder burning on coals to fragrance our hair, the jasmine we tied to our wrists as makeshift bangles and the rose water used to scent the bath water.

The benefit of spices to our physical, mental and emotional health was undisputed. What was also undisputed was the pleasurable impact of these spices on our senses.

We would like to share this experience with you in your home. The unparalleled taste and decadence of our products will make you forget that what you are seeing, feeling, smelling and tasting happens to be so beneficial to your mind and body.

Welcome to the world of Haute Spice

Welcome to Manjoor Estate

New India belongs to a visionary breed of business people and influencers who see greater possibility for their companies and artistic and social visions within Indian and beyond. This population demands a new modern image of India in the world.

Manjoor Estate is a child of this revolution. Manjoor Estate wants to revolutionize the thinking around spices, by making that which is healthy also hedonistic. The use of garlic, ginger and turmeric could be found in Indus Valley kitchens some 4,500 years ago.
The British Raj succeeded in making "curry", the term they used for a variety of savory dishes utilizing different spice blends, one of the most popular foods in the world.

Finally, the yoga movement, which has swept across the Western Hemisphere from India, made fashionable the ancient system of healing, ayurveda, and its medicinal use of spices, often times in unsavory concoctions. Manjoor Estate's unique blends of spices cater to those cognizant of the health benefits of spices but unwilling to sacrifice taste and luxury.

SUNITHA RAMAIAH


  • I am the daughter of Change.
    I'm the daughter of generations of revolutionaries.
    The idea of a "New India" has been redefined many
    times in the course of my life.

    My grandfather was a leader in India's independence
    movement and fought hard for the right of women in my
    tribe in the Blue Mountains of Southern India to a higher
    education. My grandmother was a silent revolutionary,
    fighting poverty with everyday charity. My mother and
    father were the first physicians of our tribe, the first to
    care equally for the rich and the poor, male and female,
    and the first to travel overseas.
  • After Princeton University, Columbia University
    School of Law and eight years of practicing corporate
    law in New York City, I became a corporate dropout and
    finally embraced my legacy's entrepreneurial spirit.

    I opened Bombay Talkie, a hip-take on Indian
    street-food, in the early 2000's. During those magical
    years, I was able to share my passion for food and
    entertaining with many in New York City. As the
    Executive Chef, I became an expert in Indian spice
    blends and the therapeutic properties of culinary spices.
    During this same time, New York City experienced the
    explosion of fruit and vegetable juicing.
  • Spices, with more anti-oxidants than most fruit
    and vegetables, still did not have its well-deserved
    "moment." Until now. Manjoor Estate allows its clientele to benefit from the
    medicinal and healing properties of spices - with our
    juices, coconut water infusions,
    lassis and spiced beers - without sacrificing
    indulgence and taste.

SUNITHA RAMAIAH


  • I am the daughter of Change. I'm the daughter of generations of revolutionaries. The idea of a "New India" has been redefined many times in the course of my life.

    My grandfather was a leader in India's independence movement and fought hard for the right of women in my tribe in the Blue Mountains of Southern India to a higher education. My grandmother was a silent revolutionary, fighting poverty with everyday charity. My mother and father were the first physicians of our tribe, the first to care equally for the rich and the poor, male and female, and the first to travel overseas.
  • After Princeton University, Columbia University School of Law and eight years of practicing corporate law in New York City, I became a corporate dropout and finally embraced my legacy's entrepreneurial spirit.

    I opened Bombay Talkie, a hip-take on Indian street-food, in the early 2000's. During those magical years, I was able to share my passion for food and entertaining with many in New York City. As the Executive Chef, I became an expert in Indian spice blends and the therapeutic properties of culinary spices. During this same time, New York City experienced the explosion of fruit and vegetable juicing.
  • Spices, with more anti-oxidants than most fruit and vegetables, still did not have its well-deserved "moment." Until now.

    Manjoor Estate allows its clientele to benefit from the medicinal and healing properties of spices - with our juices, coconut water infusions, lassis and spiced beers - without sacrificing indulgence and taste.

The spice master is a modern-day alchemist. This practitioner takes a spice and is able to transform it - by a cooking technique, by a combination with other spices or by a peculiar usage - into something extraordinary that benefits the body, the mind and the spirit.

The spice master of my youth, who was often an aunt decked out in a cotton sari (there were eight) furiously stirring a pot on the wood-burning stove with one hand and chasing us children out of the kitchen with the other, used everyday spices to heal everyday ailments.

We were often times unaware of the healing qualities of the spices that our whole bodies voraciously imbibed. It was the skill of the spice master to make the healthful into something delectable. The genius often lay in her assortment of spice mixes that she used in our daily meals and our daily lives.
For example, she would use fennel as a main ingredient in the after-dinner digestive that we children gorged ourselves with, candy-coated fennel seeds.

She understood the fennel could soothe stomach upsets. I am sure, however, that she did not know that it could aid in the memory-function of Alzheimer's patients, that it could reduce the risk of cancer by inhibiting the formation of tumors and that it could help relieve the swelling and pain in patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

Today, the spice masters at Manjoor Estate are cognizant of the modern medical and scientific understanding of the wondrous health benefits of spices for both everyday ailments and serious diseases. These modern masters, however, continue the tradition of making that, which is curative, also insanely pleasurable.

SPICED BEVERAGES

THE 4 ELEMENTS


  • FIRE

    SPICED BEERS

  • EARTH

    SPICED LASSIS

  • AIR

    SPICED JUICES

  • WATER

    SPICED COCONUT

Water, Air, Earth
and Fire provide the
foundation for
the physical world.


Eastern medicine tells us that the balance of these elements within oneself eases the pains of the body, the mind and the spirit. Our four lines of spiced beverages are homage to the ancient schools of healing. Each line, with its blend of curative spices, allows us to luxuriously and easily incorporate the therapeutic benefits of spices into our diet so that we can heal ourselves from the inside out.
The spice masters for the beverage lines of Manjoor Estate are Gabriel Orta and Sunitha Ramaiah. Orta is the creator of BarLab, founded in 2009 and lauded nationally/internationally for its cutting-edge cocktail programs.

In this age of mass fruit and vegetable juicing, BarLab embraces the fact that herbs and spices have more disease-fighting antioxidants and compounds than most fruit and vegetables. By its innovative use of homegrown herbs and fresh spices in its elixirs, syrups and infusions, BarLab is able to make spices accessible to those not willing to sacrifice taste in the search for the health of the temple that is the mind, the body and the spirit. It is now not only easy, but also pleasurable, to Worship Yourself.

SPICED LIFESTYLE


The combination of objects, accessories, and fragrance creates a story in your home about a textured life - a life infused with the
beauty of unexpected friends, travel, culture, design, entertaining and food.

A gypsy´s night waves a magic wand...the smell of burning wood, their blue velveteen skin, intoxicated laughter and gluttonous pause...the caravan becomes family.

BEAUTY

The healing properties of spices when used on the face and the body are the cornerstones of Manjoor Estate's luxe beauty line. Unexpected spices lay claim to unexpected benefits: capsaicin for psoriasis, nutmeg for keeping skin youthful and taut, oregano for hyper pigmentation, pomegranate extract for wrinkles and turmeric for blemishes. Our unique fragrances and mists equally exploit the therapeutic traits of spices, but here, to benefit our mind and our soul.

HOME ACCESSORIES

Manjoor Estate was born of revolution. So, it is no surprise that our luxe line of home accessories revolutionizes home design. Our line of clean and long burning kitchen candles and dining room candles turn on its head the idea that candles should be unscented when preparing or enjoying a meal. Just as a sommelier selects a particular wine to enhance a dish, each scent from Manjoor Estate's line of gently spiced candles should be chosen to perfect the dining experience.

LIMITED EDITIONS

Manjoor Estate's home furnishings are pieces of art that complete a room. With the use of contemporary iconic block prints from recognized artists from emerging economies, linens in the home are elevated to "design-art." These limited edition linens are destined to become collectibles.

  • NOMADIC

    SPICE BAR

  • Manjoor Estate is comprised of a roving tribe in India
    unsure of its ancestral origins. Sustainability within the
    mountain community of other indigenous tribes came
    with the estate's way with agriculture. Monetary riches
    came with the estate's way with tea. More spiritual and
    profound riches came with the estate's way with spices. My mother was the first physician in this community

    In addition to her Western medicines, she utilized spices
    to heal many common ailments, including asafetida for
    stomach pains, red chili powder for muscle aches and
    turmeric for healing cuts.
  • She treated the body and the mind, in the young and the
    old, with equal care for the men and the women. And,
    like the tribeswomen before her, traveled far to reach
    those in need. I too am nomadic in nature. I too am
    committed to healing the body and soul.

    With our Nomadic Spice Bar, a traveling hub of luxury,
    we continue the tradition of using spices to enhance
    lives. Although elusive and only in the reach of those
    that embrace the vision, there are many riches to be
    found at the Nomadic Spice Bar to titillate the senses.
  • NOMADIC
    SPICE BAR

  • Manjoor Estate is comprised of a roving tribe in India unsure of its ancestral origins. Sustainability within the mountain community of other indigenous tribes came with the estate's way with agriculture. Monetary riches came with the estate's way with tea. More spiritual and profound riches came with the estate's way with spices. My mother was the first physician in this community

    In addition to her Western medicines, she utilized spices to heal many common ailments, including asafetida for stomach pains, red chili powder for muscle aches and turmeric for healing cuts.
  • She treated the body and the mind, in the young and the old, with equal care for the men and the women. And, like the tribeswomen before her, traveled far to reach those in need. I too am nomadic in nature. I too am committed to healing the body and soul.

    With our Nomadic Spice Bar, a traveling hub of luxury, we continue the tradition of using spices to enhance lives. Although elusive and only in the reach of those that embrace the vision, there are many riches to be found at the Nomadic Spice Bar to titillate the senses.
  • GUEST ARTISTS

    MARTINE FOUGERON


    Martine Fougeron is a New York-based photographer whose incisive images of life and culture in that city have made her a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and New York Magazine.

    Born and raised in France, Fougeron studied at l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, Wellesley College and the International Center of Photography. She turned to photography after a successful career as a Creative Director of Perfumery where she was the 'nose of the noses' with 20 world-class perfumers for luxury brands.

    Fougeron's primary fine art photography project since 2005 has been the Tete-a-Tete series in which she offers an intimate portrait of the lives of her two adolescent sons. Images from this series have been featured in solo exhibition in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia and will soon be seen at the Hermes Foundation Gallery in New York.
    A book on Fougeron's work from this series, Teen Tribe, will be published by Steidl in 2013. Her work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    'Spice Pooja'
    A live video
    performance by
    artist Martine
    Fougeron


    I was inspired by the ancient Vedic poojas I had witnessed in temples in Tamil Nadu, the Southern province of India where I had lived many months over the past years and where Sunitha was born. 'Spice Pooja' is the live performance I created and filmed. I wanted the pooja to be genuine, in time and space. There is no artifice.

Welcome to the World of Haute Spice

Welcome to Manjoor Estate