This 2-step Jiralu masala powder adds a perfect zing when sprinkled over yogurt or potato dishes. Use it to jazz up your french fries!
Salty and tangy, Jiralu delivers a wonderful mix of flavours to yogurt dishes, such as raita, rotis, Khakhras (crispy flatbread), salads or potatoes such as this Aloo mattar . In fact, go ahead and sprinkle some over french fries for a savoury, spicy kick!
What is Jiralu?
Jiralu is a spice mix – a blend of powdered masalas, and it is hugely popular in Gujarat, India. At mealtimes at my grandparents house in Mumbai; there was always a small silver ‘katori’ (bowl) of jiralu on the table, with the tiniest spoon. It was the right size to sprinkle just a pinch, as this masala powder is very strong.
Most Gujarati homes used to make their own, but now it is also easily available in stores across India. I prefer to make my own as it is easy enough and that way I am in control of the ingredients.
How to make it
This two-step recipe makes a small quantity but you will only need a tiny amount at a time as the flavour is very intense.
- To prepare, dry roast cumin seeds on a medium heat till fragrant and then grind to a powder.
- Add the roasted cumin to the other ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
How to store it
Stored in an airtight container, in a cool place, Jiralu masala powder will keep for several months.
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- 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon black salt
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
- 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
- 1/4 teaspoon dried mango powder
- Dry roast the cumin seeds till fragrant and grind to a fine powder.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Sprinkle sparingly as a garnish.