About This Recipe
Traditionally used as a potli, or bouquet garni, the powdered version of this Awadhi specialty masala is now a popular spice blend in masala shops of Lucknow. It's more convenient to store and use. The recipe uses the contents of the potli masala and a handful more. Dry coconut chips and makhana, or foxnuts, are added to the blend for volume and to help mellow the intensity of the ground spices. Use a teaspoon in pilafs, pulaos, lamb, or roast chicken. It also works wonderfully sprinkled on top of roasted vegetables or in a salad dressing.
Note: See Lazzat-E-Taam Potli Masala for the traditional bouquet garni version
- Heaping ½ cup (5g) unflavored fox nuts
- 10-15 dried coconut chips or 2 tsp dried coconut powder
- 1 tsp cloves
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- 6 to 7 green cardamom pods
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1-2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp baobeer (barberry)
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp white pepper
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 tsp poppy seeds
- 1 tsp caraway seeds
- 1 tsp kababchini (cubeb)
- 2-inch-long cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp rose petals
- 2-3 star anise
- 1 mace
- 1 tsp dry fennel leaves
- ½ whole nutmeg, lightly crushed in a mortar
- ½ tsp sandalwood powder
- 1-inch-long paan ki jadd (galangal), lightly crushed in a mortar pestle
- 5 g khus ki jadd (vetiver roots)
- 1 blade jarakhush (dried lemongrass)
- 1/2 tsp kewra (pandan flower extract)
- 1/2 tsp meetha attar (an edible essential oil)
Step 1Lightly toast the foxnuts on a pan over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes until crisp. Reduce the heat and add the rest of the dry ingredients (everything except the kewra and meetha attar). Toast on the lowest flame or heat setting for 2 minutes until aromatic. Take the pan off the heat and allow to cool.
Step 2Process this herb and spice mix in a spice grinder or coffee mill to a fine powder. Depending on the size of your jar, you may have to do this in batches.
Step 3Using a sieve or a tea strainer, sieve the ground spice blend to eliminate any chunky bits. Sprinkle the kewda water and meetha attar on the spice blend, mix with a spoon and bottle this goodness in an airtight jar.