The most basic version of this Parsi spice mix uses only cloves and cinnamon; other components are negotiable and hew to local and regional tastes. Writer Meher Mirza’s grandmother prepared just one type but disliked nutmeg and eschewed it entirely, adding black peppercorns instead, while another relative made two separate versions: one for meat dishes and one for rice. Parsi garam masala works particularly well with vegetable dishes like titori (sprouted field beans), minced meat, and Parsi-style meat pulaos.
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- 1 tbsp. (5 g) cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. (10 g) cloves
- 1 tbsp. (15 g) green cardamom pods
- 3 tbsp. (25 g) cumin seeds
- 3 tbsp. (25 g) nutmeg, coarsely chopped