I am often told by many that “garam masala” is too strong and causes them indigestion and heart burn. I am very choosy about the garam masala i use to flavour my dishes and just have a few ready made brands i like apart from making my own. I even have a youtube video on how to make a good home made garam masala . Today i am sharing with you an alternative to garam masala, a mild blend of spices to flavour your “desi cooking” and not cause you any uneasiness. If you are grinding your own spices for the first time and feeling a little apprehensive, do not be. There is a first time for everything in life. Once you get used to grinding your own spices i am sure you will think twice about buying ready made garam masalas!
100 grams of coriander seeds
75 grams of cumin seeds
75 grams of fennel seeds
20 grams of black peppercorns
Put all the spices in a non stick frying pan ( i used my ceramic pans) and put them to roast on low heat. Keep on stirring the spices from time to time and let them just heat up a bit till you get a lovely aroma. Take off the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Put the spices in a blender ( i used my magic bullet) and blend to the consistency of your choice.
Use this spice in the place of regular garam masala for all your meat, fish, chicken and paneer dishes.
NITU DIDI TIP:
This spice blend can be kept for weeks in an airtight bottle. I suggest you make a little quantity first to see if you like it and if you do then you can make up bigger amounts.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF FENNEL:
To buy good quality ceramic pans