There are some basic spices mixes that are a boon to have in stock. One such powder is this cumin-pepper spice mix. When ever I need a quick fix rasam a.k.a. Jeerige menisu Saaru / Cumin Pepper flavored rasam.,this comes in very handy.
Also I made this super easy dish with poha using this powder- Jeerige Menisu Avalakki . This dish makes a great breakfast / tea time snack and is very nutritious as well.
I make a small batch of this powder instead of making it in bulk so that I get to use the spice mix that is always fresh.
For the Jeerige Menasu Pudi / Cumin pepper powder
Thuppa / Ghee- 1 teaspoon
Jeerige / Cumin seeds- 1 tablespoon
Menasu / Pepper corns- 1 tablespoon
Heat ghee in a pan and the cumin and pepper. Roast till the cumin
sizzles and the pepper starts popping. Remove from heat. Grind to a fine
powder using a motor and pestle. This gives the powder an awesome
taste. If making a large batch / if you don't have a motor and pestle,
grind to a powder in a mixie.
Store in an air tight container and use as needed.
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