I love using few ingredients in my cooking to fully savor their combination, textures, and perfumes. Adding them to your cooking, even as simple as a bowl of hot cereal like rice or millet, will accentuate the flavor. They are also fantastic digestive aids. I buy whole spices and grind them at home for more freshness. 

Here are two combinations that I enjoy daily. The quantities are given in whole grains to be freshly ground, mixed together and stored for easy use. Grind them either with electric grinder or with a mortar: 


5 teaspoons cumin
3 teaspoons coriander
5 teaspoons fennel
1 teaspoon black pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon fenugreek
1 teaspoon powdered ginger

1 teaspoon turmeric

Great for lentils and beans, dahls and sometimes even a morning bowl of oatmeal with carrots, if you wish to switch from sweet to savor to start your day.  

(this mix was inspired by the book The Heart of Wellness by Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan)


3 teaspoons coriander

5 teaspoons fennel

3 teaspoons white mustard

A fantastic way to use this mix is with cooked grains to give them more flavor. Add them mid-way through cooking your grains. Serve as is or as garnish with a splash of olive oil. 

Simple is beautiful! Enjoy every moment, every bite. 

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