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


Ingredients

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

Method

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.]

18 comments:

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

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  2. Great idea for a Christmas gift,lovely and savoury.

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  3. 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!

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  4. 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!:)

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  5. You left out beautifully bowed and wonderfully wrapped.

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

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

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  7. 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 ;-)

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  8. 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!

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

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  10. 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.
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    Obrigado, Sylvia!
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    Ruhama – A personal touch really does make all the difference. I will be gifting this panch phoron to someone I know and love.
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    Thanks, Sra!
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    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.
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    Lucy – Thanks. Eggplant sounds a dish!
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    Sandeepa – You should be able to see these photos now. I’m still working on restoring all the other photos lost in my archives.
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    Welcome, Zlamushka! Thanks for hosting such a fun and festive event. I enjoyed participating very much.
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    Shaun – You’ll swoon! Promise!
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    Thanks, Dhanggit. This was probably the easiest comestible gift I’ve ever pulled together.
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  11. Sandeepa - P.S. I used French-wired ribbon to create a perfect bow w/out the fumble-finger fuss. Glad you like it. Thanks.

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  12. 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?

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

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  14. That looks so pretty - the ribbon just nmakes it!

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  15. 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.
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    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.
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    Kelly-Jane - Thanks. Zlamushka was right; these little gifts do need a bow.

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

    Shn

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