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       Title: MASALA I
  Categories: Spices, Condiments
       Yield: 1 /4 cup
  
       2 tb Black cumin seeds
       2 tb Mustard seeds
       2 tb Fenugreek seeds
       2    Whole cloves
     1/2 ts Mixed spice,
            Pumpkin spice or cinnamon
  
   Toast cumin, mustard, and fenugreek seeds separately by placing a thin
   layer of each spice in a small dry frying pan over medium high heat,
   stirring so that it is even, until they darken, about 3 to 4 minutes.
   
   Grind seeds to a powder in grinder or with mortar and pestle, grinding
   cloves with the seeds.  Stir in spice or cinnamon.  Store in airtight
   container; keeps indefinitely.  Can be added to curries, chutneys,
   and a myriad of other recipes.  Source:  “The Complete Caribbean
   Cookbook”.
   
   Masala is a blend of spices and herbs used primarily in Indian,
   caribbean, malaysian cooking.  In the US, we can get curry powder,
   which is just another form of masala (I've learned this in the 3
   years I've been here in
    South Africa).  You can mix your own or purchase from a spice shop
   that
    carries Indian or Malay spices.  I rarely use prepackaged curry
   powder,
    but it will work in the recipe.  I've included a couple of Masala
   recipes
    here.  (If you can find someone selling DURBAN SPICES, you've found
   the
    best Masala mixtures.)
  
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