Monday, May 17, 2010

Spice Route

Or the easy way out, to be more specific.

At one teaspoon of mustard and half a teaspoon of cumin, there was no way I could use the grinder to powder this - even my coffee grinders, now defunct, wouldn't have worked. I have a small pestle and mortar but they are very heavy and I didn't feel like washing even the pestle. So I took a napkin, spread the roasted spices on one side, covered it with the rest of the napkin and pounded away at them for a few minutes. This is the second time I'm doing this and it's not a bad idea.


  1. Clever idea. I have a small pestle and mortar which I use it to grind Cardamom.

  2. first ice and now spice... wonder what else you will pummel inside a napkin!! neat idea though

  3. LOL! ..indeed a very neat idea. :)

    How are you Sra? Hope everything is fine at your end.


  4. Asha, thanks, laziness is the mother of inventiveness!
    Arun, you remember! Guess cardamom will be next, thanks to Asha - so far, I've been mashing it with the dal masher on a plate! Still haven't got used to my own idea, you see.
    Siri, how's married life going?

  5. That is clever, though I am wondering why you don't grind more of it in a coffee grinder and keep it in the fridge. At least that's what I do. :)

  6. I too do the napkin trick whenever I get too lazy to wash stuff. Especially when I have to cut sausages along with veggies for breakfast, I get lazy to take two different cutting boards and the sausage gets a napkin. Will try the same for grinding spices too :)

  7. Jaya, I have two coffee grinders, both are defunct, and I haven't found anyone who can repair them despite trying - some part is necessary.
    Sig, I've almost stopped cutting vegs on a cutting board - I feel compelled to wash it every time I take it out of the draw - so what I do is cut them on various plastic plates we usually use in the MW!!!

  8. I have a brass pestle and mortar that I wash only when I pound something like garlic or chili. If it's a dry spice, I don't :), usually just wipe it with a paper towel.


  9. am glad there are more people like me