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Category: Condiments

 Ingredients List

  • 2 tb Black cumin seeds
  • 2 tb Mustard seeds
  • 2 tb Fenugreek seeds
  • 2 Whole cloves
  • 1/2 ts Mixed spice,
  • Pumpkin spice or cinnamon


Toast cumin, mustard, and fenugreek seeds separately by placing a thin
layer of each spice in a small dry frying pan over medium high heat,
stirring so that it is even, until they darken, about 3 to 4 minutes.

Grind seeds to a powder in grinder or with mortar and pestle, grinding
cloves with the seeds. Stir in spice or cinnamon. Store in airtight
container; keeps indefinitely. Can be added to curries, chutneys, and a
myriad of other recipes. Source: "The Complete Caribbean Cookbook".

Masala is a blend of spices and herbs used primarily in Indian, caribbean,
malaysian cooking. In the US, we can get curry powder, which is just
another form of masala (I've learned this in the 3 years I've been here in
South Africa). You can mix your own or purchase from a spice shop that
carries Indian or Malay spices. I rarely use prepackaged curry powder, but
it will work in the recipe. I've included a couple of Masala recipes here.
(If you can find someone selling DURBAN SPICES, you've found the best
Masala mixtures.)

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