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Gobi Panch Phoron

Just recently, I purchased panch phoran. Panch Phoron is a spice mix used in Eastern Indian cuisine ( Bengali cuisine) and is a mix of the five spices – nigella seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds and cumin seeds all in equal quantities. Panch = Five and Phoran = Spices, so it literally means five spices. This spice mix can be used with any kind of vegetable stir fry / roasted vegetables. Just pour them into hot oil till the mustard seeds splutter, so as to release the aroma of the spices. Add any vegetables you want, stir fry, serve. It really is as simple as that. No grinding the spices and all that needed.

1 head of Cauliflower
1 tsp oil
1 1/2 tbsp Panch Phoran Mix
pinch of Hing
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp cayenne
1/2 cup coconut milk
Salt, to taste
  1. Heat the oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the panch phoran mix to it. Wait till the mustard splutters but make sure the fenugreek does not burn.
  2. Add turmeric and red chilli powder to this. Immediately add the cauliflower florets otherwise the powders will burn. It helps to add the turmeric and red chilli powders to the oil as it will help coat the cauliflower evenly.
  3. Add coconut milk
  4. Cover the pan and let the cauliflower is cooked. Make sure it does not get overcooked. Add salt to the pan, mix well serve with rice.


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