This is the spice mix I use in my tomato and cashew South African curry (recipe to follow soon!). I found this recipe online but I wanted a much more peppery version so I changed it quite radically to create this mix.
The grains of paradise and voatsiperifery pepper can be replaced with black pepper if you don’t have them but they add a complex aromatic woody note that helps make the recipe distinctive and delicious!
- 3 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp fennel
- 1 tsp grains of paradise
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp voatsiperifery pepper
- 1 clove
- 1cm2 cinnamon bark
- 8 smoked birds eye chillies
Combine all ingredients and grind to a powder. You can use a pestle and mortar, or a spice grinder.
We have an electric spice grinder which is much easier than grinding manually and results in a fine even powder that’s easy to use.