I was sitting with my Nani today, discussing the different spices that go into her basaar mix. Basaar is a mix of different spices, blended together into a perfect powdery mix that is used for any curry dish. People have asked me if I use curry powder, but I don’t even know what that is! I use basaar to get the perfect flavoring in any dish I create. Whether it be sabzi, chicken, daal, gosht, etc. Every dish has basaar as the secret ingredient. The recipe for basaar is so secret that, to this day, I’m not even sure how it’s made. My Nani is going to try to teach me next week, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to need a few lessons!
Talking with Nani about all the different ingredients got me thinking about spices I know nothing about! As our family sat there Google searching Urdu to English and English to Urdu translations of different spices, I thought to myself, “I should really make a list.” So, here goes nothing! Keep in mind, these are not the ingredients for basaar.
Ajwain – Carom Seed
Saunf – Fennel Seed
Hing – Asafoetida
Kali Mirch – Black Pepper
Jeera – Cumin
Elaichi – Cardamom
Daal Chini – Cinnamon
Laung – Cloves
Kasoori Methi – Dry Fenugreek Leaves
Methi Dana – Fenugreek Seeds
Deggi Mirch – A bright red chili powder. It adds a beautiful color to any dish.
Badiyan – Star Anise
Haldi – Turmeric
Javantri – Mace (I made a lot of jokes with this one today lol)
I’m no expert cook, but it’s good to know about different ingredients. A lot of the time, I only know the English or Urdu word for something, so a nice little list is handy!
What spices do you use on a regular basis? Tell me in the comments!