Preparing and Using Your Spice Mixture

blog

Mix together 2 Tbsp. each of cumin, coriander and fennel seeds, and 2 Tbsp. of turmeric powder. Grind into a fairly fine powder in a spice grinder or clean coffee grinder. Stir your spice mixture in an unoiled pan over medium heat until lightly browned (about 2 minutes) to bring out their full flavor and beneficial effect. Cool and then store the mixture in an airtight portable glass or plastic container and keep in a cool place away from direct sunlight.

Make this mix up fresh every couple of weeks to derive the greatest effect from the spices. (You may buy the spices already in powder form, but they won’t give as powerful an effect nor as lively a flavor as those you grind fresh yourself.)

How To Use Your Spice Mixture For Eating Out. Put a portion of your mixture in an airtight container and carry with you in your purse or brief case. Sprinkle 1/2 to 1 tsp. of your mixture on your vegetables, sandwich, grains, pasta, or other dishes at both lunch and dinner.

How To Use Your Spice Mixture In Cooking. All spices contain a variety of beneficial components. For example, ginger has recently been cited as having over three hundred healthful components. A particular spice’s components are either water soluble, or available for use by your body when dissolved in water, while other components are lipid soluble, available when carried by fats or oils.

To get the full benefit of both water-soluble and lipid-soluble components of your spices, include both of the following methods of cooking with your spices each day:

For benefit of water-soluble components: Mix 1/2 tsp. of your spice mixture in with soups; while cooking, add 1/2 tsp. of your spice mix to grains that are cooked in water, such as rice; sprinkle over vegetables while steaming; or at least sprinkle on steaming hot vegetables at the table.

For benefit of lipid-soluble components: Measure 1/2 tsp. of your spice mixture in 2-3 tsp. of melted ghee (clarified butter) or olive oil and heat at medium temperature until an aroma is apparent (about 1-2 minutes). Then add vegetables for a stir-fry, or drizzle the mixture over your cooked rice, grains, vegetables or other dishes just before serving.