This spice mix contains all 6 Ayurvedic tastes, so it makes any meal easier to digest and more balanced. It is like magic powder that makes everything more delicious and healthy. Join in with my cook along video below.
Ayurvedic 6 Taste Spice Mix
3 Parts Fennel Seed
1 Part Turmeric
1 Part Cumin
1 Part Dried Ginger
1 Part Black Pepper
1 Part Cardamom Seeds
1 Part Salt
1 Part Sugar
1 Part Fenugreek
1 Part Dried Mango Powder
- For each batch I use 3 tsp (15ml) fennel and 1 tsp (5ml) of all the other spices.
The Daily Grind!
Some spices are better freshly ground, this time I used fennel seeds, cardamon pods and coarse ground black pepper and ground them myself in a pestle and mortar.
Found this old grinder in my Mums loft, sparks a bit and fused the house briefly, but was handy when my arms got tired!
Although cardamom is available ready powdered there is nothing like the aroma of the freshly ground seeds, especially when someone else is doing the work! First you need to remove the shells and peel enough so you have 1 tsp of the seeds.The cardamom is a ‘sweet’ taste in ayurveda which increases decreases the elements of air and fire in your system. It’s great if you feel too fiery or agitated, or airy and ungrounded.
I then added the fennel seeds which are also a sweet taste, and the pepper which is a pungent taste. The pungent taste is the opposite to sweet, it increases air and fire, strengthening digestion and energy.After grinding the spices to a fine powder, I added a teaspoon of salt and sugar, and ground it a bit further. The sugar, obviously is a sweet taste and the salt, salty! Salty Ayurvedic taste decreases air so grounds airheads, but increases fire so use with caution if you already feel a bit hot and bothered!
I then added the powdered spices turmeric, fenugreek, cumin and ginger. Keith’s Tip: You can use whole fenugreek seed but they are very hard and difficult to grind The turmeric is an astringent taste which increases the air element. The cumin and ginger are pungent like pepper, and increase fire and air,The last spice I added was mango powder (amchor powder). This is the sour taste, which is good for anyone with too much air in their constitution. Then I ground it a bit more to create the final powder. Use it like table salt to sprinkle over your plate as a condiment.
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