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Panch Phoran

Also Known As : Bengali five spice


Taste Profile

It is a combination of mild bitter and nutty taste with herbaceous notes.

Usage Tips

  1. Store panch phoran in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
  2. Panch phoran can be used in salads, sausages and soups. It can also be used with eggs and cheese.
  3. It can be used in the preparation of vegetables, lentils and chicken.

Common names and forms

  1. Panch Foran
  2. Panch phoran masala(cumin seeds, black mustard seeds,onion seeds fennel seeds,fenugreek seeds)
  3. Panch phoron


Panch phoran is a whole spice blend originated in the Indian subcontinent. All the spices it contains are seeds. The name "Paanch Phoran" literally means “five spices” that include Cumin, Brown Mustard, Fenugreek, Nigella and Fennel. It is a colorful blend of seeds, the green of fennel seed, golden fenugreek, black mustard and nigella seeds, and buff-coloured cumin seeds. It is widely used in the cuisine of Bangladesh, Eastern India, and Southern Nepal. It is tempered or fried in oil to release its flavor before adding other ingredients.

Selection Guide

Go for panch phoran with whole seeds and avoid crushed or pre-ground panch phoran as it may have lost its flavour and aroma.  

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