Berbere Ethiopian spice mix
STORING DRIED SPICES
Both whole and ground spices should be stored in airtight containers in a cool and dark cupboard, as light, moisture and heat lessens their quality.
Most ground spices lose their flavour, colour and aroma within 5 or 6 months.
Whole spices will keep for 6 months or more if stored correctly.
If spices smell musty, or if there is little aroma , it is likely that the flavour will be impaired too.
It's a great idea to label new jars of spice with the date of purchase.
10 dried red chillies
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
8 cardamom pods
1tsp fenugreek seeds
2 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp ajowan seeds
1 tsp ground ginger
2 tbs salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice berries
Heat in a heavy base frying pan. Bruise the cardamom pods and add them to the pan along with all the other spices.
Toast all the spices shaking the pan over a medium heat until they give off a rich aroma and just beginning to change colour.
remove from heat and cool .
Add to a spice grinder and grind.
Store in a air tight container.
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