A Seasoning Blend: Bengali Panch Phoron

Contains:  No standard allergens.  Is:  Vegetarian, vegan, paleo, Whole30, quick and easy. 

This is a quick and easy mix of Bengali spices, that one can use for a number of dishes.   All the spices are “whole”, as in the seed form.  You can use this combo dry-roasted, or fried in a good cooking oil. Works with veggies, meats, fish, lentils, and/or pickles.

bengali, spice mixture, panch phoron

Because these are whole seeds, the blend will last a lot longer than ground seasonings.  And while typically used whole, you can indeed grind this blend just prior to use in a rub, stew or  soup.

This recipe/concoction was provided to me by my friend, Katie.  I believe she sourced this from reliable Internet sources, as it is not uncommon to find this.

Later today (or very early tomorrow) I will post a recipe made using this spice blend.  Because that’s dinner tonight!

Prep Time:  5 minutes.|
Cook Time:  Not needed when making.  Later on, depending on use.
Rest Time:  Don’t concern yourself with.
Cuisine:  Bengali.
Leftovers:  Store dry, away from light, room temperature.

Bengali Panch Phoron

Take one part each of:

  • Fennel seed
  • Nigella / Kalonji seed
  • Fenugreek / Methi seed
  • Cumin / Jeera seed
  • Black Mustard seed

Mix in the storage container.  Store in a cool, unlit space (as with all spices).  Re-mix or shake when you are to use as the seeds being of different sizes, ingredients will likely settle out differentially.  These are typically stored as whole seeds – you might grind them upon use, but to grind and then store them deprives them of a good tasty shelf life.

To pan fry and toast/release flavors during use – watch to make sure the seeds do not burn.  Keep your spatula to hand, and use it.  

As noted, late today or early tomorrow, I will post a recipe seasoned with this Bengali blend of spices.  I will link back to here, and from here, as well.


Recipes shared at:  

Full Plate Thursday.
Fiesta Friday.
What’s for Dinner:  Sunday Link-Up.



About goatsandgreens

The foodie me: Low/no gluten, low sugars, lots of ethnic variety of foods. Seafood, offal, veggies. Farmers' markets. Cooking from scratch, and largely local. The "future" me: I've now moved to my new home in rural western Massachusetts. I am raising chickens (for meat and for eggs) and planning for guinea fowl, Shetland sheep, and probably goats and/or alpaca. Possibly feeder pigs. Raising veggies and going solar.
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3 Responses to A Seasoning Blend: Bengali Panch Phoron

  1. Pingback: Vegetarian Bengali Inspired Bitter Melon Dish (with Panch Phoron) | Of Goats and Greens

  2. Sounds like a great spice blend – and versatile! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party. Have a great week.

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