Spice box is an very important tool-gadget-container- in Indian cooking. I use it daily and keep it at easy reach in my kitchen. Almost every kitchen in an Indian Household will have a Spice Box. Ingredients may vary but the purpose is the same. This box is kept covered when not in use. This way the spices retain the freshness. Different regions have different size, shape and make of Spice Box.
Spice Box is also known as Masala Box.
I use it to prepare most of the Indian dishes. In the recipes, I try to mention different names but it makes it easy to use just one name for an ingredient. For example:
I thought of using Dahna -Jeera instead of Cumin- Coriander powder.
Haldi-instead of Turmeric
Mustard seed I use, are black and I am thinking using the word Raai.
My spice box has 7 small containers and they have:
1. Chilli powder-Mirchi
2. Cumin Coriander powder-Dhana Jeera.
3. Turmeric powder-Haldi
4. Black Mustard seeds-Raai.
5. Cumin seeds- Jeera seeds.
6. Dries red whole Chillis-Aakhi Mirch.
Here are the names for most ingredients so if you have any question, it is easy to find the name in English.
|Ajwain||Carom Seeds / Anise seeds|
|Amchoor||Dried Mango Powder|
|Anaar Dana (Powder)||Pomegranate Seeds (Dried)|
|Dhania Patta||Coriander Leaves|
|Dhania Powder||Coriander Powder|
|Elaichi (Chhoti)||Green or White Cardamom|
|Elaichi (Moti)||Brown Cardamom|
|Hari Mirch||Green Chilli|
|Kala Jeera / Black Cumin Seeds||Caraway Seeds|
|Kala Namak||Rock Salt|
|Kali Mirch||Black Pepper|
|Kokum||sour dried friut|
|Khoya, Mawa||Dried Whole Milk/Thickened Milk|
|Lasan / Lahsun||Garlic|
|Hara Dhania/ Kothamari||Cilantro|
|Paneer||Drained Curdled Milk|
|Pudina Leaves||Mint Leaves|
|Raai / Raee||Mustard Seeds (Small)|
|Saboodana / Sabudana||Sago|
|Tej Patta||Bay Leaf|
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