Category Archives: Spices

“Each spice has a special day to it. For turmeric it is Sunday, when light drips fat and butter-colored into the bins to be soaked up glowing, when you pray to the nine planets for love and luck.”
“Chili, spice of red Thursday, which is the day of reckoning. Day which invites us to pick up the sack of our existence and shake it inside out. Day of suicide, day of murder.”
“Fenugreek, Tuesday’s spice, when the air is green like mosses after rain.”
“Fennel, which is the spice for Wednesdays, the day of averages, of middle-aged people. . . . Fennel . . . smelling of changes to come.”
― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Mistress of Spices

Sweet Chili Sauce

The Thai sweet chili sauce is known as  Nam Chim Kai in Thailand . It is easily available in in bottles in most Asian food stores, but the recipe is so simple that you can easily make it at home. Much … Continue reading

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Sri Lankan Curry Powder

INGREDIENTS : 1/2 cup Coriander (Dhania) seeds 1/4 cup Cumin (Zeera)  seeds 1 tablespoon Fennel (Sauf) seeds 1/2 teaspoon Fenugreek  (Methi) seeds 1 Cinnamon (Dal chini ) stick ( 3′ inch) 8 Cloves (Laung) 1/2 teaspoon Cardamom (Elaichi)  seeds 15 … Continue reading

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Glossary of Spices

English Name : CAROM SEEDS ,  Nepali Name : JWAANO, Indian Name : AJWAIN Jwaano is used extensively in Nepali cooking and is one of the most essential spice in the much loved Nepali lentil stew ~ Kwanti English Name … Continue reading

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Panch Phoran ~ Magic of 5 Spices

In many of the recipes in this blog, we have used “Panch Phoron” which literally means 5 spices.All of the spices in panch phoran are seeds. Typically, panch phoran consists of fenugreek (methi) seed, nigella ( kalonji)  seed, cumin (zeera) … Continue reading

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