Friday, November 30, 2007

No Frills Friday - Panch Phoron

Bengal in origin, Panch Phoron, the other five-spice mixture:
fenugreek, cumin, nigella, fennel and mustard.

Tantalizingly textured, powerfully perfumed, flagrantly flavored.

Panch Phoron - Inspired by Sandeepa of Bong Mom's Cookbook


2 tablespoons cumin seeds
2 tablespoons fenugreek seeds
2 tablespoons nigella seeds
2 tablespoons brown or black mustard seeds
2 tablespoons fennel seeds


Combine all ingredients. Store in a sealed container in a dry, dark place. Measures can vary as long as they are equal to each other. --

All dressed up with places to go.

This post is being submitted to Zlamushka of Zlamushka's Spicy Kitchen, hosting "A Spoonful of Christmas," a one-off event featuring comestibles suitable for holiday gift giving.

[No Frills Friday is a semi-regular posting of a few words, a few photos, and one frugal or fancy recipe. Stayed tuned for another posting later today.]


sunita said...

Susan, I've missed so many of your lovely posts...I love that spicy gift...paanch phoron has a really wonderful aroma.

Sylvia said...

Great idea for a Christmas gift,lovely and savoury.

librariane said...

How fun! My family tradition is to give goodie baskets to all the neighbors, and I've expanded that to include friends, too. And for the friends who enjoy cooking, I try to put in something like what you've posted here!

sra said...


Asha said...

I just made Panch Phoran powder this morning. Kids don't like to bite Fenugreek and Onion seeds in the dish, so I coarsely powder them. What they can't see, doesn't hurt!;D
Beautiful gist for Z!:)

Lucy said...

You left out beautifully bowed and wonderfully wrapped.

My favourite spice mix - great with cubes of eggplant, roasted until golden in the oven.

Sandeepa said...

Can't see the pics :(

Sandeepa said...

Wow you have it so nicely wrapped up and such a pretty bow, beautiful

zlamushka said...

Thank you very much for a wonderful entry. You were right, i haven't received it in my mailbox. Good that you reminded me, wouldn't like to miss this festive looking spice mix ;-)

Shaun said...

Susan, lovie ~ I am unfamiliar with panch phoron but am familiar with the ingredients. This sounds like my kind of spice mix. Thanks for the introduction!

Dhanggit said...

lovely spoonful entry! i wouldnt mind receiving one this holiday season :-)

Susan said...

Hi, Sunita. Thanks. I’ll be stopping over for a better look at your ginger round-up as soon as I clean up my tech problems.
Obrigado, Sylvia!
Ruhama – A personal touch really does make all the difference. I will be gifting this panch phoron to someone I know and love.
Thanks, Sra!
Hi, Asha. Thanks! The first time I cooked w/ PP, I used too much; it was very gritty. A light touch in a thick gravy seems to work best. A course powder sounds a good idea, too, although according to Sandeepa, it is rarely ground. I would try it ground anyway to satisfy my own curiosity. Love the flavor.
Lucy – Thanks. Eggplant sounds a dish!
Sandeepa – You should be able to see these photos now. I’m still working on restoring all the other photos lost in my archives.
Welcome, Zlamushka! Thanks for hosting such a fun and festive event. I enjoyed participating very much.
Shaun – You’ll swoon! Promise!
Thanks, Dhanggit. This was probably the easiest comestible gift I’ve ever pulled together.

Susan said...

Sandeepa - P.S. I used French-wired ribbon to create a perfect bow w/out the fumble-finger fuss. Glad you like it. Thanks.

TBC said...

Oh Susan! I've missed so many of your posts.I've not been blog-hopping as often as I would like to:-(
Panch phoran is such a nice entry for the event.I have only recently discovered the joys of cooking with it.It is the most amazing blend of spices I've ever used( & I've used a lot!) and I just love the flavor it imparts to the dish.
BTW, what did u use it for?

Suganya said...

Any foodie will love to receive a gift as pretty as this. The bow makes *all* the difference.

Kelly-Jane said...

That looks so pretty - the ribbon just nmakes it!

Susan said...

TBC - I've fallen off the blog hopping, too - so much to do lately.

I love panch phoron. It's so pretty. I've seasoned paneer w/ it, but am looking at some Bengali gravies to have on hand when I want to quickly flavor some veggies w/out a fuss.
Thanks, Suganya. I got a boxful of this ribbon a few years back from Ebay (great price). It's really come in handy during the holiday seasons.
Kelly-Jane - Thanks. Zlamushka was right; these little gifts do need a bow.

Mishmash ! said...

Susan, thats one neat gift idea..I hope you have some friends who appreciate this..btw, you seem to be on a posting spree :)