A well balanced, richly flavorful spice blend that's truly a queen of spices and perfect for Indian recipes! It's one of the easiest ways to build up and infuse an abundance of flavor in a dish, and when you make it from scratch you'll never want to use store-bought again.See notes for pre-ground spices measurements and method.
Servings: 7Tbsp (approx.)
2 1/2Tbspcoriander seeds
1 1/2tspwhole cloves
1tspgreen cardamom seeds*
2(2-inch each)cinnamon sticks,roughly broken with a meat mallet
4bay leaves,roughly broken
1/2piece of a wholenutmeg,roughly broken with a meat mallet
1tspcrushed red pepper flakes,or 1 dried red chili pepper stem removed, roughly broken (optional for spicy heat)
Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium heat.
Add spices to skillet and saute 1 - 2 minutes until toasted and fragrant.
Transfer to a bowl and let cool.
Pour spices into a spice grinder. Work in two batches adding half at a time if your grinder is small.
Pulse until finely ground. Stop and stir mixture or shake grinder occasionally to ensure even grinding.