Panch Phoron (Indian 5-Spice) From Maneet Chauhan & Jody Eddy

November  4, 2020
0 Ratings
Photo by Linda Xiao
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 4 minutes
  • Makes 2/3 cup
Author Notes

Virtually every train station vendor keeps at their stall a tin of panch phoron, a whole-spice blend that perfumes the air with earthy cumin and lively fennel seed as they liberally sprinkle it on savory dishes like mutton curry and spicy prawn curry. Known as “Indian 5-spice,” it’s a traditional flavoring in Bengali cooking. Unlike many other Indian spice blends where the spices are blended into a powder, the five spices in panch phoron are left whole. If you have trouble sourcing nigella seeds, which can be found at Indian markets, substitute black sesame seeds. Store this in a covered container in a dark place for up to 6 months.

Reprinted with permission from Chaat by Maneet Chauhan and Jody Eddy copyright © 2020. Photographs by Linda Xiao. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC.

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What You'll Need
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fennel seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fenugreek seeds
  • 2 tablespoons black mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons nigella seeds (kalonji in Hindi)
  1. Heat a dry pan over medium heat until a mustard seed pops a few seconds after it hits the surface of the pan, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the cumin and toast until aromatic, swirling the pan as it toasts, about 1 minute. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining spices, toasting each one separately. Cool the spices to room temperature and then transfer them to an airtight covered container and shake to combine. Store up to 6 months in a cool, dry, dark place.

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1 Review

Nancy November 24, 2020
The recipe and description sound interesting.
But the photo is misleading and confusing as it contradicts both the five-spice name of the dish (8 spices shown) and the directions to leave spices whole (ground spices shown).
Maybe replace with a photo true to the recipe.