Bhaja Masala

This simple blend of spices, roasted and ground, is used in a wide range of Bengali dishes from vegetables to churmur, ghughni, and phuchka.

  • Cooking time
    10 minutes
  • Calories
    0
    kcal
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Bhaja masala is as essential in the Bengali kitchen as garam masala. This simple blend of spices, roasted and freshly ground, is used in a wide range of Bengali dishes from panchmishali torkari to churmur, ghugni, phuchka, and dahi vada.

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Ingredients

Serves
10g
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds (mouri)
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds (dhone)
  • 2 pc cardamom (elach)

Method

  1. Measure out the whole spices in the given proportion. You may lightly crush them with a pestle or rolling pin before roasting, if you like.
  2. Heat a pan on medium-low flame and add the whole spices to the pan.
  3. Dry-roast them evenly on all sides, stirring continuously, for about 8 minutes. Don't rush this step—the spices need to be roasted all the way inside.
  4. Add the toasted spices to a grinder and blitz them till you have a fine powder. You can also use a mortar and pestle to grind by hand.
  5. Store the bhaja masala powder in an airtight container.

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