Panch Phoron – Benefits, Uses and How to Select and Store

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Selection and storage of Panch Phoron

If you are about to use this wonderful spice mixture in your home, then you must consider a few points before getting it in your kitchen. Always try to get a hold on whole seeds rather than crushed or minced. Having volatile oils in abundance, the crushed Panch Phoron will be nothing less than just a few seeds with very little aroma and flavor. Crushing them will let the oil escape, leading to dry and parched seeds of different colors. So always go for whole seeds.

Also, while selecting the seeds, seek for the ones that are grown organically as they will impart stronger aroma. The flavor would be much higher than that which are not organic ones. The additional thing to look upon is the packet should not have any hole that has lead air to pass as it will increase the chances to make it worthless quickly.
Once you get the Panch Phoron after selecting appropriately, you need to store it in any airtight container; preferably a glass container. Store it in a cool, dark and dry place so as to avoid moisturization of the seeds.

How to use and recipes:

Panch Phoron should be used in the raw form and not grinded as this will make them lose their strong authentic flavor. If you are health conscious, they can be dry roasted in the pan or if want to have a rich diet it can be deep fried in oil. As soon the seeds start popping with fluttering sounds, a strong aroma of Panch Phoron will surround the environment. The other ingredients can now be added as per your recipe. Roasted Panch Phoron can also be used to sprinkle above the cooked vegetable to get a crisp and pungent taste. There are a number of recipes where Panch Phoron is being documented to add a strong tempting and mouth watering flavor. Some of them are:

• Fish curry: Bengali’s most relished cuisine can be made more interesting with Panch Poron.
• Chicken and beef curry with Panch Phoron
• While you add Panch Phoron in Pumpkin and shrimp vegetable the recipe gets the much-required attention.
• Along with the non-vegetarian dishes, it can also be used in:
– Potato curry
– Spinach
– Different lentil recipes
– Soups, chutney and sausages

So what are you waiting for? Go get the Panch Phoron from a reliable shop and relish the delicacies with the strong and yummy flavor of Panch Phoron.

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