Mmm the Spices!

Ah spices. What would we do without them? To me there is nothing better than the smell of spices and onions sauteing on the stove. Below is a list of spices, masalas (spice mixes), and a couple of dried herbs, that we have on hand (most of them all the time). I would say that the first 6 are the ones we use most and keep in what is called a masala dabba (splendid invention!). The rest are used here and there, some more often than others. We store them in mason jars (cuppint, lids). I hope I’m not forgetting anything.

  • Jeera (Cumin)
  • Mustard Seeds
  • Tumeric
  • Chili Powder
  • Coriander Powder
  • Garam Masala
  • Rajma Masala
  • Cassia Bark
  • Cinnamon Sticks and Ground
  • Cloves
  • Cardamom
  • Fenugreek & Fenugreek Leaves (Kasoori Methi)
  • Hing (Asafetida)
  • Amchur Powder (dried  mango)
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Fennel
  • Star Anise
  • Dagad Phool (just for goda masala)
  • Goda Masala
  • Chat masala (we like the one called Chunky Chaat, mmmm)
  • Black Salt (love the sulfur flavor!)
  • Jal Moodi Masala
  • Allspice
  • Black Peppercorns
  • Caraway
  • Nutmeg
  • Ajwain (used in Indian breads)
  • Nigella (for achari dishes)

But…there is a place I don’t like the smell…in my clothes! But we got lucky. Our apartment is set up in such a way that to get from the kitchen to the bedrooms, you have to go through the dining room, living room, then around the corner. Whereas in my old studio apartment, I could smell spices when I opened the closet (how on earth did that smell get into a closed closet??), now the house smells wonderfully spicey, and our clothes wonderfully Tide-y.

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