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A mixture of spices used in Indian cooking. It is commonly sprinkled on to a dish to refresh the spice levels during the last few seconds of cooking.
1 tablespoon cardamom seeds,
a 2 ins piece of cinnamon,
1 teaspoon cumin seeds (black if possible),
1 teaspoon whole cloves,
1 teaspoon black peppercorns,
a quarter of a whole nutmeg, grated.
Method: Grind all the ingredients in a pestle and mortar or coffee grinder, then keep in a sealed jar away from light and heat until needed.
See also "Char masala" & "Five Spice Powder"
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