Moms know things. They know when you’re lying. They know when the chicken’s done. Sometimes they know when you’re sick, even if you live in another state. They know how to stop a stomach ache. How to stop a knee ache. How to stop a heartache.
Here’s another thing a lot of moms know - their own perfect recipes. They practice their craft to the point where these culinary masterpieces become the subjects of top secret discussions. The recipes become heavily guarded formulas passed down from generation to generation.
Well today I’m blowing the lid off of a masala mix my mom uses in any dish that needs an Indian or Pakistani kick. It’s a perfectly balanced 4-ingredient blend that I find myself reaching for again and again. I call it Mom’s Magic Masala Mix, or m.m.m.m.
All you need:
- 1 cup whole coriander seeds
- ¼ cup whole cumin seeds
- 3 dry red chillies
- 12 peppercorns
In a dry pan, roast everything together on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, tossing frequently. Make sure you don’t burn the spices, or the mix will turn bitter.
In a spice/coffee grinder, grind the mixture in batches. You don’t want all of the mixture to grind into a fine powder - this masala mix is best if about half of the mixture is powdery and the other half is coarsely ground.
Store the mixture in an airtight container.
HOW TO USE IT :
Make A Chicken Curry!
- Add 2 tbsp of Mom’s Magic Masala to 1 lb of boneless, skinless chicken. Throw in 1 tbsp minced garlic, 1 tbsp minced ginger and 2 tbsp yogurt. Stir together and brown in a pan over medium heat. Then add ½ yogurt and ½ cup water and simmer for 20 minutes. Fabulous!
Make Beef Kebabs!
- Add 2 tbsp of Mom’s Magical Masala to 1 lb of ground beef, along with 1 egg, 1 tbsp minced garlic, 1 tbsp minced ginger and ¼ cup breadcrumbs. Mix well, form into patties and fry over medium heat. Superb!
Breaded Fried Crispy Things!
- In my last post I made crispy fried tofu - Mom’s Masala Mix works great in that recipe as a seasoning tossed in a mixture of flour and breadcrumbs. Dip your choice of meat, tofu or vegetables into the mixture and fry!
- Sprinkle Mom’s Magic Masala on fish or shrimp before frying or grilling. Coriander + seafood makes for a great combo!
What will you do with your batch of Mom’s Magic Masala?