August 19, 2009

All Spice Powder /Jeerige menthya Powder / ಜೀರಿಗೆ ಮೆಂತ್ಯ ಪುಡಿ

You may be wondering what is this powder. It is a mixture of spices used to enhance the taste of certain dishes. As for the name, it has Cumin (jeerige), Fenugreek (menthya) plus lot of other spices. Mom uses this name so do I. I think we can also call this a South Indian All Spice powder :)


2 tbsp - Cumin seeds/ ಜೀರಿಗೆ
1 tbsp - Coriander seeds/ ಕೊತ್ತಂಬರಿ ಬೀಜ
1/2 tsp - Fenugreek seeds / ಮೆಂತ್ಯ
small piece - cinnamon stick/ಚಕ್ಕೆ
3 to 4 - Cloves/

1 pod - cardamom seeds / ಏಲಕ್ಕಿ
6-8 peppercorn/ಮೆಣಸು
4 tbsp grated dry coconut/
ಕೊಬ್ಬರಿ ತುರಿ
1/2 tsp - turmeric / ಅರಿಶಿನ
a pinch - hing / ಇಂಗು

Heat a pan on medium heat. Add all the ingredients to the pan. Dry roast them on a low flame for 4-6 minutes till you get a nice aroma. Take care not to burn the spices. If you want you can add a few drops of oil. Allow it to cool and powder in a blender. If you feel the ingredients are too less to be able to powder, you can add a handful of grated dry coconut to the spices . this will increase the volume and help in blending the powder. That is it. This powder has a nice aroma of all the spices and many uses.

  • Usually I use it in Puliyogare and Gojju avalakki to increase the flavor and taste.
  • You can use it to make a quick rasam/saaru powder too!! Add equal quantity of red chilli powder and this powder. Usually if you add 2 tspn Rasam powder, you can 1tsp of red chilli powder and 1 tspn of this spice powder. It tastes close to the Rasam powder, tastes really good for a quick fix :)
  • Also if your rasam, sambhar powders are old and have lost the flavor. you can just add a spoon of this spice powder to your sambar/rasam and your dishes get a nice flavor instantly :)
So its a must have powder especially if you cook kannadiga recipes like me.

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