Popular Spice Blends

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One popular spice mix is garam masala, a powdered blend that typically has five or more dried spices. These can include cardamom, black pepper, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Each culinary region (even household) has a distinctive garam masala blend and individual chefs will also have their own. This spice blend has so many uses.

Chaat Masala is sprinkled on top of Indian snacks for a real flavour kick!

Popular Spice Blends

Garam Masala

Ingredients

  • 15g cumin seeds
  • 25g coriander seeds
  • 5g black peppercorns
  • 20g cardamon pods
  • 5g cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 whole nutmeg, grated

Chaat Masala

Ingredients

  • 3 TBL cumin seeds
  • 1 TBL coriander seeds
  • 5 tsp fennel seeds
  • 4 TBL mango powder (amchur)
  • 3 TBL salt 
  • 5 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 5 tsp dried ginger
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • 5 tsp ajwan seeds

Method For Both Spice Blends

Use a pan and dry toast each individual spice until it smells fragrant. Set aside the spices. Blitz the ingredients in a spice grinder or pound together with a stone mortar and pestle. Do this until you achieve a fine powder. Remove and store in a jar for up to 6 months.

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