Be inspired by ♥ Biryani

I have a large collection of whole spices that I prefer to use when cooking, rather than store bought ground mixes. I am always worried about what has gone into these mixes, and I can always make them at home in the quantity I need, rather than buy a particular blend and only use it once. Whole spices keep longer and are really simple to turn into ground spices if that is what your recipe calls for. All you need is a frying pan and a spice grinder. I have a very basic coffee grinder which I use to grind my spices. All I do is give it a good wipe after each use. I don’t use it for coffee though, as I don’t want any additional flavours in my morning cuppa. I was given a recipe which calls for Biryani mix and so I turned to my ever useful Curry recipe book, and used that as inspiration to make my own spice blend. I can really recommend that you try this method as you will find you waste less and seldom have to toss out spices as they won’t lose their oomph if you buy them whole.

do you use whole spices in your kitchen?

Biryani

Biryani

Biryani
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, rubbed between your hands and broken in half
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 5mls cumin seeds
  • 5mls black peppercorns
  • 5mls cloves
  • 4 star anise
  • 5mls cayenne pepper
  • 5mls ground turmeric
  • 5mls ground coriander
Method
  1. In a frying pan, heat the cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, cumin seeds, black peppercorns, cloves and star anise until you can smell the spices
  2. Grind them in a spice grinder until fine
  3. Add them to the rest of the ingredients

 

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Recipe For Biryani — 34 Comments

  1. Looks like a lovely recipe 🙂

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    • thank you Hope 🙂

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  2. I always use whole spices – it keeps fresh much longer! Lovely mixture!
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    • Thanks Zirkie 🙂

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  3. This sounds like a very good blend of spices for a great curry. 🙂
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    • thanks AD 🙂

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  4. Ooh, great spices there!
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    • thanks yummychunklet 🙂

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  5. Hi Tandy,
    Your spice mix sounds wonderful! I too, love to make fresh mix of spices. Although I do have some spices that I use regularly ground and kept well sealed in a little container.
    The taste of freshly ground spices really brightens up a dish!
    Asmita sharing the blog ♥ Paneer MasalaMy Profile

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    • Thank you Asmita – I also have a mix of whole and ground 🙂

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  6. Hmm that’s a good point! I have a mixture of both but some I find I like better whole than others like nutmeg which is so fragrant when freshly grated, it’s heavenly! 🙂
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    • I also have a mixture of both depending on how often I use a particular spice 🙂

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  7. I have never made a biryani! This is the perfect inspiration, Tandy. Thank you.
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    • it is my pleasure Kate 🙂

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  8. I love a good biryani…Hot and spicy!!! yum!!
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    • yum indeed!

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  9. I have been wanting to start using more whole spices. I’ve heard they stay fresher whole, which makes sense. Then you can just grind what you need. I have noticed that I do prefer the flavor from a cinnamon stick to the ground cinnamon.
    Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere sharing the blog ♥ Pumpkin Sage Risotto with Baked Apple ChipsMy Profile

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    • there is a huge difference as you get a fuller spice flavour 🙂

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  10. Nice mix of spices…I yet have to make my own.
    Thanks for the recipe and have a wonderful week ahead Tandy 🙂

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    • thank you Juliana 🙂

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  11. I need to make my own mixes! It seems so simple and like it would be so much more flavorful. Gotta invest in some good quality basics first.

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    • Once you have the basics it will be easy to make your own blends – and I think I shall do a blog post on what is in my spice drawer 🙂

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  12. I LOVE biryani! Thanks for this delicious post!
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    • I shall think of you when I make the dish with the spices 🙂

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  13. I love Indian food and always make my own spice mixes, the lovely flavours emanating when dry roasting the whole spices make me anticipate the finished meal – my stomach is growling, what’s the matter?
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    • You are so right Barbara, the smell of the spices cooking is a great anticipation of the meal to follow!

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  14. I was very fortunate to be given a briyani mix by Usha, so I am sorted! 🙂
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    • Lucky you!

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  15. Oh dear, I have to hang my head in shame, I don’t make my own spice blends – I feel inspired to buy a few whole spices and experiment a bit.
    🙂 Mandy
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    • You will love the difference it makes Mandy 🙂

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  16. Brings back memories of life in England. I haven’t eaten a good curry in 10 years:)
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    • England is the curry capital of the world!

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  17. Hi Tandy, i only use whole spices and grind my spices on a weekly basis–what i would need for the week. It really is the best method as the aroma from freshly ground spices is amazing. Well done on your biryani mix
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    • from you, I take that as a big compliment Usha 🙂

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