The Sorceress of Spices – Panch Phoron

Panch Phoron

The recipe for this interesting spice mix comes from Sandeepa, who calls it The Sorceress of Spices. Read Barbara’s lyrical post about it!

Panch Phoron is a classical Bengali spice mix used in tempering. It’s added to the hot oil before other ingredients, to flavour the oil. I used it in a very simple potato, carrot and runner beans curry.



Panch Phoron


SOURCE: Sandeepa


CUISINE: Indian, Bengali


Fenugreek seeds

Nigella seeds (Kalonji)

Mustard Seeds – black or brown

Cumin seeds

Fennel seeds


Mix together equal amounts of the seeds and store in an airtight container.



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  1. That s a beautiful spice mix. I myself make one just like that. I love the color combo,… aand of course it tastes great. What s a runner beans curry? I d love to get a recipe for tht. Sounds funny.


  2. Maninas

     /  14 October, 2007

    Runner beans curry? yes, it does sound like a hillarious word combination, doesn’t it? now that you say it 🙂
    As for the recipe, I improvised… I’ll try and remember what I did. I think I may have a photo of it, too.


  3. why is kalonji called nigella seeds ???


    • arindam gupta

       /  29 May, 2012

      Kalonji comes from “kalo jeera” which means black cummin and nigella seeds means small black seeds


  4. Maninas

     /  15 October, 2007

    Nigella sativa is the Latin name of kalonji. I guess this is where this comes from.


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