Frying Spices Recipe from India with Ghee, Mustard Seeds, Cumin, Ginger, Coriander, and Turmeric

Frying Spices

Frying Spices Recipe from India with Ghee, Mustard Seeds, Cumin, Ginger, Coriander, and Turmeric
Region / culture: India | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 4


Frying Spices
Frying Spices

Frying spices is a common technique used in Indian cooking to enhance the flavor of dishes. The process involves heating ghee and adding a variety of spices to create a fragrant and flavorful base for curries, rice dishes, and more.


Frying spices has been a traditional cooking method in Indian cuisine for centuries. The process of tempering spices in hot ghee or oil is believed to release the essential oils and flavors of the spices, resulting in a more intense and aromatic dish.


How to prepare

  1. Heat ghee in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add a few mustard seeds. When the seeds start to pop, turn the heat to medium.
  3. Add the rest of the seeds. As they pop, add cumin seeds, then add other seeds and spices.
  4. When the popping slows down, add ginger and sauté until golden brown.
  5. Add coriander seeds for 20 seconds, then add turmeric for 10 seconds.
  6. Now you are ready to add tomatoes or other vegetables for curry.


  • Add dried red chilies for a spicy kick.
  • Use different combinations of spices based on your personal taste preferences.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to heat the ghee over medium-high heat to ensure that the spices are properly tempered.

- Add the spices in the correct order, starting with mustard seeds and ending with turmeric, to ensure that they are cooked evenly.

- Keep a close eye on the spices as they fry, as they can burn quickly if left unattended.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the fried spices with rice, lentils, or vegetables for a flavorful and aromatic meal.

Cooking Techniques

Frying spices involves tempering them in hot ghee or oil to release their flavors and aromas.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use vegetable oil or coconut oil instead of ghee for a vegan version of this recipe.

- Substitute ground spices for whole spices if desired.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the fried spices ahead of time and store them in an airtight container for up to a week.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the fried spices in a small bowl or sprinkle them over dishes for a pop of flavor and color.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair the fried spices with dishes such as dal, biryani, or vegetable curries for a complete meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover fried spices in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Reheat in a skillet over low heat before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Calories: 45 per serving


Carbohydrates: 0g per serving


Total Fat: 5g per serving

Saturated Fat: 3g per serving


Protein: 0g per serving

Vitamins and minerals

Iron: 2% of the daily recommended value per serving


Contains: Dairy (ghee)


Frying spices is a low-calorie and low-carb cooking method that adds flavor to dishes without adding a significant amount of fat or calories.


Frying spices is a simple yet essential cooking technique that adds depth and flavor to Indian dishes. By following the steps outlined in this recipe, you can create a fragrant and delicious base for a variety of meals.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was immediately hooked. It was a warm summer day and I was visiting my dear friend Maria. As soon as I walked into her kitchen, I was greeted by the most amazing aroma. Maria was standing over the stove, frying spices in a pan. The smell was intoxicating - a blend of cumin, coriander, and turmeric wafting through the air.

I asked Maria what she was making and she smiled mischievously. "Ah, this is a family recipe passed down from generations. It's a secret blend of spices that adds flavor and depth to any dish," she said.

I watched as she carefully stirred the spices in the hot oil, releasing their fragrant oils and toasting them to perfection. The colors of the spices deepened and the kitchen was filled with warmth and spice. I could hardly wait to taste the final product.

After a few minutes, Maria turned off the heat and let the spices cool. She then transferred them to a glass jar, sealing it tightly to preserve their freshness. As she handed me a small spoonful to try, I knew I was in for a treat.

The moment the spices hit my tongue, I was transported to a world of exotic flavors and aromas. The cumin added a smoky depth, the coriander brought a citrusy brightness, and the turmeric added a subtle earthiness. It was a symphony of flavors that danced on my palate.

I begged Maria to teach me how to make this magical blend of spices and she graciously agreed. We spent the rest of the afternoon in her kitchen, measuring out the ingredients, toasting them in the pan, and grinding them into a fine powder. It was a labor of love, but one that I knew would be worth it.

As I left Maria's house that day, clutching a jar of my own homemade frying spices, I couldn't wait to try them out in my own cooking. I experimented with adding them to soups, stews, and even roasted vegetables. Each dish was elevated to new heights with the addition of these spices.

Over the years, I continued to make Maria's frying spices, tweaking the recipe here and there to suit my own taste. I shared the recipe with friends and family, who were equally enchanted by its magical powers in the kitchen.

One day, I was hosting a dinner party and decided to make a special dish using my frying spices. As my guests sat down to eat, their eyes widened with delight as they tasted the dish. They couldn't get enough of the bold flavors and asked for the recipe.

It was then that I realized the power of this simple blend of spices. It had the ability to bring people together, to create moments of joy and connection around the dinner table. It was more than just a recipe - it was a symbol of love, friendship, and tradition.

As I sit here now, reflecting on the journey that led me to discover Maria's frying spices, I am filled with gratitude. Gratitude for the friendships forged in the kitchen, for the memories made over shared meals, and for the simple joy of cooking with love. And so, I continue to fry my spices, infusing each dish with a touch of magic and a sprinkle of nostalgia. For in every bite, there is a story waiting to be told.


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