Bengali 5 Spice

Bengali 5 Spice

This traditional spice mixture from the Bengal region of India  is also known as Panch Puran (there are also a few variations on the spelling). Its  flavours are wonderful; spicy, fragrant and aromatic all at the same time.

In Bengali cuisine, this aromatic blend of spices is used to flavour vegetables, dal & fish. The seeds are always used whole, NEVER ground. First, they are fried in hot oil to flavour the oil and then the other ingredients are added. Immediately after the small seeds begin to pop the other ingredients should be added.  Be very careful not t  allow the seeds to burn, as this will result in a bitter taste!

In Bengal, Panch Puran  is never used with meats;  however there is no reason why you can’t experiment using this spice mixture with chicken, lamb or beef.

Click here for a quick & easy recipe

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The Spice Mountain online team is currently away and will be returning to work on Monday 11th March. You may continue to place your orders online but please note that the despatch will take place promptly on our return. Our shops at Borough Market and Westfield Stratford City will remain open as per our normal opening times therefore you may visit us at either one of these locations for your spice needs.

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