Chillie Cumin Masala Mixture:

    Spices are an  integral part of any Indian dish. One spice can alter the entire taste and flavour of a dish, including
    colour and texture. Spices are used whole and ground in Indian cooking.

    Masala - 100 gm:
    Preparation time: 10 minutes


    Ingredients:
  • Cumin Seeds, whole – 60 gm
  • Dried Red Chillies – 40 gm


    Method:
  • Take a non-stick frying pan. Put it on medium heat. Add the whole cumin seeds to it and fry for 1 minute with
    occasional shaking of the pan to avoid burning.

  • Remove from heat as soon as it starts popping or is slightly brown.

  • Repeat the same procedure to fry the dried red chillies. Fry for 30 seconds with occasional shaking of the pan to
    avoid burning.

  • Remove from heat as soon as it starts popping or is slightly brown.

  • Put both ingredients in a coffee blender (or any other blender that allows dry grinding) and blend until you are left
    with a powder with small bits.

  • Use this masala appropriately to make your dish mild, medium or very hot in taste.


    Variation:
    If you like, you can add your favourite whole spices to this mixture to give it an aroma you like e.g. Cinnamon,
    cardamom, clove, coriander or others.


    Tips:
    This masala emits a very strong fume that causes coughing. Please allow plenty of ventilation while making this i.e.
    open windows and exhausts! Buy whole spices and grind them at home using a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder!
    Freshly ground spices give a more pungent aroma and intense flavour.