.Panch Phoron or Bangali Five Spice Blend.
Panch Phoron literally means Five Spices or five flavours. This is a delicate blend of five spices – cumin, mustard seeds, fennel. fenugreek and nigella seeds. Every Bangali make their own and keep it in their kitchen to prepare tempering for lentil soups, make “shada torkari” (assorted white vegetables – because no other spice will be used), and to make a simple vegetable dish.The array of vegetables that can be used to go with Panch Phoron are cabbage, leafy greens, eggplants, spinach, yam, bitter gourd, bottle gourd, beans etc. – just to begin with. Also used in Chutneys.