listed make a standard Bengali Five-Spice, but many cooks have their
own recipe for this mixture. Sometimes celery seed is substituted
for the mustard seed, or onion seed for the cumin. In Bengal,
radhuni is often used instead of mustard seed, but this seed is hard
to find outside India.
1 Tablespoon cumin seeds
1 Tablespoon fennel seeds
1 Tablespoon mustard seeds
1 Tablespoon fenugreek seeds
1 Tablespoon black cumin seeds (nigella seeds)
Mix all seeds together. For most recipes, add seed mixture to hot
oil until they pop, then add other ingredients to spices. For making
this spice blend for later use, toast seeds in a dry heavy skillet
until they smell good. Cool and grind together.