Almost every Bengali and Odisha people are well known about this five spice mix “Panch Phoron”.This is one of the common spice mixes which you can find in a Bengali or Oriya’s kitchen pantry. You can’t imagine that this spice mix is how much important to their cuisine. As this spice mix is so important for these two communities that you must have this in your kitchen if you are making any recipe related to these two food cuisines. But the main problem is you will never get this spice mix easily at a store nearby you outside West Bengal and Odisha. So it’s the best option to make this Panch Phoran Recipe at home in an inexpensive way.
I MADE A MUTTON CURRY WITH THIS PANCH PHORON. YOU CAN CLICK HERE TO SEE THE RECIPE.
Why It’s named “Panch Phorn”?
Panch means Five (5) in Oriya and Bengali language. Phoron means tempering. So it means a five-spice mix uses in a recipe as tempering at the first step of the recipe is called Panch Phoron.
How Easy to Make this Panch Phoran Recipe?
Oh ..it’s so easy to make. Just you need five whole spices. Mix them all together and BOOm…the Bengali five spice “Panch Phoron” is ready to use. You can store the spice blend without a refrigerator for 1 year. If you store the spice mix in a glass jar the flavor and smell of the spice mix will intact for a long time. And you can use it any time you want.
Why Oriya and Bengalese make this spice mix?
Bengalese and Oriya’s are big food lover like other Indians. And they also carry their own food culture in their own way with some unique spices. Some believe this Panch Phoron spice mix is an ancient time Spice blend. And ancient people used to use this spice blend to heal stomach problems. But there is no solid proof about the theory. But all the spice seeds are used in this panch phoron has their own health benefits. Maybe the theory is true at some point. And another thing till date some Bengali grandma believes using Panch Phoron in a recipe not only enhance foods flavor but feel lite and good to the stomach.
The best part of using Panch Phoron in a dish is you do not need any other spices except turmeric and salt. It can give a life to any bland taste food or ingredient. Just use it in a careful quantity. More uses of Panch Phoron in a dish can bitter the food taste.
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