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Spices
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With the exception of a few freshly made curry pastes spices, powders or pastes used in Oriental Foods can be purchased from the local markets or prepared at home. Whole fresh spices are ground in electric grinder or a manual grinder just before using for maximum freshness. The most commonly used spice blend is garam masala, which is used in conjunction with other spices, or is used as a condiment and sprinkled on a cooked dish. Chaat masala is a tart flavored spice combination particularly good with vegetable dishes. Recipes for these two spice mixes are given. They may be made in quantity and keep well in an airtight container.
 
Garam Masala
Details of ingredients and preparation is as follows:-
 
Ingredients
60 g (2 oz) black peppercorns
60 g (2 oz) cumin seeds
60 g (2 oz) coriander seeds
25 large black cardamoms, peeled
15 g (12 oz) cloves
15 g (12 oz) ground cinnamon
 

Method:

1.   Blend these to a fairly fine powder and pour into a jar with a tight fitting lid. The spice mixture will be even more fragrant if the peppercorns, cumin and coriander are lightly toasted under the griller before grinding.

   
 
Chaat Masala
Details of ingredients and preparation is as follows:-
Ingredients
30 g (1 oz) cumin seeds
1 tablespoon salt
Pinch of asafoetida
3 teaspoons chilli powder
2 tablespoons dried green mango powder (amchur)
1 tablespoon crushed dried mint
2 teaspoons dried ginger powder

Method:

1.   Lightly toast cumin with salt and asafetida. Grind all ingredients to a fine powder and pour into a jar with a tight fitting lid.


 

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