Panch Poran (Five Spice)
Panch Poran literally means 5 spice or condiment. This wonderful masala is made up of a blend of whole seeds containing, cumin, fenugreek, fennel, mustard, and black onion seeds. It is excellent for flavoring when used in vegetable dishes, but can be used in dal or fish.
Panch Poran Spice Mix
2 T fenugreek seeds
2 T kalongi or kalogeera (onion seeds)
2 T black mustard seeds
2 T cumin seeds
2 T fennel seeds
Mix all of the above spices together. Save the spice mixture for use in your Bengali dishes. Most recipes call for about a teaspoon of the mixture. Pre mixed Panch Poran can be purchased at your Indian Grocer or online.