II Panch Phoran II

Panch Phoron is the most popular blend of spices used in Bengal. It is equivalent of the Chinese five five-spice powder. This mixture too has  five different spices which are used whole or ground, to flavor lentils, other legumes or vegetables. The unique aroma of Bengali cuisine is due to panch phoron. It is kept whole or ground to a fine powder. The flavor is bitter sweet and the aroma is powerful.


  • Cumin seeds
  • Fennel seeds
  • Fenugreek seeds
  • Black mustard seeds
  • Nigella seeds


  • The recipe of Panch Phoron is to mix equal quantities of the above ingredients.
  • It can be used whole or ground to a fine powder as per taste.
  • Though it is available ready-mixed, it is possible to blend it at home. It is best to grind small quantities as and when required.
  • Phanch phoron is added to hot oil before adding vegetables or other legumes