Last week I treated myself
to a traditional Indian masala — or spice — box.
The spices I filled it with join together in a work of art,
a glorious interplay of vibrant colour, texture and shapes.
And oh, the fragrance — performance art at its best.
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Share we take a tour of my personal Spice Route?
Let’s start with Red Chili Powder, king of the spices,
followed by versatile cumin seeds for earthy warmth.
Now the exotic deep golden hue of turmeric,
next to playful mustard seeds that pop and jump in the pan.
The green pods of cardamom, queen of the spices,
and oblong coriander seeds both offer exotic flavour.
And in the centre, intensely carroty in flavour, jet black kalonji.
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Such pleasure it is to remove the lid from the box
and dip into the treasures within.