Panch Phoron is the most popular blend of
spices used in Bengal. It is equivalent of the Chinese five five-spice powder.
This mixture too has five different spices which are used whole or
ground, to flavor lentils, other legumes or vegetables. The unique aroma of
Bengali cuisine is due to panch phoron. It is kept whole or ground to a fine
powder. The flavor is bitter sweet and the aroma is powerful.
Black mustard seeds
The recipe of Panch Phoron is to
mix equal quantities of the above ingredients.
It can be used whole or ground to
a fine powder as per taste.
Though it is available
ready-mixed, it is possible to blend it at home. It is best to grind small
quantities as and when required.
Phanch phoron is added to hot oil
before adding vegetables or other legumes