vegetable Masala

This blend makes vegetables and seafood come alive. This is the meat masala combined with 2 teaspoons of curry powder.

2 tsp curry powder

6 tbsp coriander seeds

3 tbsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp carom seeds (ajawain)

1/4 star anise (2 or 3 sections)

3 inch cinnamon stick

4 cloves

3 black cardamom pods

5 bay leaves

11/2 tsp dried cilantro

1/2 tsp mace

11/2 tsp turmeric

11/2 tsp red chili powder

Heat heavy unoiled skillet over low heat. Add whole spices, except leaves, and toast, tossing occasionally until fragrant. Allow to cool, grind all the whole spices with the leaves (I prefer to use a coffee grinder – but any electric grinder will work just fine), add the powdered spices, mix and store in an airtight container. Keep away from light and heat. Tip: the minute you smell the toasty fragrance of spices, remove them from the pan. If they burn they will become bitter.