Moroccan Spice BlendCategory: Food, Redgum
We love to eat good food and one of the things I'm pedantic about is not using processed, mass produced ingredients.
I like to make my own spice blends and curry pastes to get the authentic and fresh taste.
Here's the recipe I used recently for a Moroccan dish:
5 teaspoons cumin seed
5 teaspoons coriander seed
3 teaspoons nutmeg, ground
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
1 teaspoon allspice, ground
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
seeds from 4 or 5 cardamom pods
Heat cumin and coriander seed in a small cast iron frying pan with peppercorns and cardamom seeds until fragrant.
Remove from heat and grind in a mortar and pestle (or spice grinder) until finely ground.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well together.
I used this mix to coat the meat for a moroccan style stew. I hesitate to call this a tagine because I don't have the correct dish to cook a tagine, and I made my version in a pressure cooker.
I'll soon post the recipe for the dish I made. It was a real success and one I'll have to repeat in the not too distant future!