Bengali Panch Phoron Spice Masala Blend

Panch Phoron Masala Spice Blend

Translating to “5 spice”, this blend is an essential one to add to your cooking repertoire as it is the backbone to so many dishes from Bengali cuisine.

Unlike most West Asian spice blends, Panch Phoron is not spicy in any way as it does not contain chilli, paprika or anything else that would lend spice. This colourful, whole spice blend is used at the very first step of cooking to flavour the oil before adding anything else, although it is equally brilliant ground and used as a BBQ rub for fish and meat.

Bangladesh is a Delta country, resulting in Bengalis enjoy a diet that is rich in fish and seafood. Panch Phoron sings in complete harmony with fish dishes thanks to the the aniseedy quality of fennel, the pepperiness of black mustard seeds, the earthy hum of cumin and the smokiness of nigella seeds. With its distinctively pungent and nutty flavour, Panch Phoran is a versatile blend the also goes very well with vegetables, legumes and meat and is widely used in pickle making.

Panch Phoron Masala Spice Blend

Panch Phoron Masala Spice Blend

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Course: SpicesCuisine: Bengali, IndianDifficulty: Easy


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This colourful whole spice blend is crunchy, nutty, aromatic and the backbone to East Indian cooking.


  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds

  • 1 tbsp fenugreek seeds

  • 1 tbsp nigella seeds

  • 1 tbsp black mustard seeds

  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds


  • Combine all the spices and store in an airtight, clean, dry jar.
  • Best toasted or used in tempering before using.
  • Typically this spice blend is used in it’s whole form in Bengali cooking but you could toast and grind them to a fine powder to make a BBQ rub for meat, fish and veggies.

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