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I’ve been having a blast playing with all my new spices!

I dragged out my masala dabba, which I bought a couple of years ago but never got around to using.  It’s a traditional Indian spice box, made of stainless steel…

It has an inner lid to lock in freshness, and a small spoon…

I filled mine with (clockwise) : Kashmiri chilli powder, coriander powder, black mustard seed, turmeric, cumin powder and fennel seeds, with cinnamon, green cardamon and star anise in the middle.

I made garam masala, following  this recipe from Mamta’s Kitchen.

Into a grinder went:

  • 1 tablespoon black Sarawak pepper
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 4 whole black cardamon pods
  • 4 whole green cardamon pods
  • 2 teaspoons whole cumin seeds
  • 5 broken dried bay leaves (a gift from the Spice Girl)
  • 10cm cinnamon stick, broken up

After blitzing, the mix was sifted to remove any fibrous bits.

I used the garam masala in Mamta’s chickpea curry (Channa curry) following the recipe here.

A tip from the lovely Barbara at Harkola – dried chickpeas can be soaked and frozen before boiling. They can then be boiled from frozen as required.

When I made this curry, I simply took the container out of the freezer and emptied it straight into a pot of cold water, brought it to the boil and simmered it until the chickpeas were soft.

Finally, I used my homemade curry powder to make a Malaysian style chicken and potato curry.  It was a hearty feed on a cold winter’s night!

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