Five Spices (Panch Phoran)


Panch Foran literally means "five spices." It is a blend of spices commonly used in Eastern India and Bangladesh and comprises the following seeds: Jeera, Mustard, Methi, Kala Jeera and Saunf. The spices are left whole and, depending on how they're being used, are either dry roasted or fried in oil in order to coax out their pungent flavors. Panch Foran is useful as a marinating agent, added to Indian stews, sprinkled on vegetables, or used for pickling vegetables. It is also a delicious addition to any "carb-like" foods. For instance, breads like naan and others. It adds a wonderful depth and flavor to any dish it's added to. A quick spice blend to make, give it a try and you'll be reaching for it any time you have a hankering for authentic Indian food.

Panch Foran can be used to prepare anything that caters to your crave for spicy food. An essentially Eastern Indian cuisine will be embellished with the ideal blend of Panch Foran.

Since Panch Foran is a blend of five spices, it doesn't have a fixed source of its own. We compile the best spices and mix it to form Panch Foran.

Panch Foran from DNV comes in packs of 500gms, 200gms, 100 gms and 50 gms, both of which should be available at a retail store near you.