A simple and easy to make garnish; this powder adds a perfect zing when sprinkled over yogurt or potato dishes. Use it to jazz up your french fries!
This mix of spices is popular in India. Normally present on a dining table alongside the pickles and chutneys, jiralu is used as a garnish. Salty and tangy, it delivers a wonderful mix of flavours to yogurt dishes, such as raita, rotis, Khakhras (crispy flatbread), salads or potatoes such as this Aloo mattar . Sprinkle over french fries for a savoury, spicy kick.
To prepare, simply dry roast cumin seeds on a medium heat till fragrant and then grind to a powder. Add to the other ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. This recipe makes a small quantity but you will only need a small amount at a time as the flavour is fairly intense.
Store in an airtight container, in a cool place, this will keep for several months.
- 2 teaspoons roasted ground 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 powder. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Sprinkle sparingly as a garnish.