NoVa source for Indian spices
In one of her cookbooks, Nigella Lawson describes a potato dish made with the Indian spice mixture called Panch Puran. Can anyone point me to a NoVa source (Loudoun preferably) for it?
I've found an online source, but they charge $7.99 to ship a $2.99 item.
You could make your own:
Panch Puran (also called Panch Phoran, Panch Phoron, or Bengali Five-Spice Mix) is a spice mixture used in Indian cuisine. It is made of equal parts of five spices:
mustard seed (rai or shorshe) - some sources says "black mustard seeds," others just say "mustard seeds"
nigella seed (kalo jira)
fennel seed (mouri)
cumin seed (jeera)
In some variations, wild onion is used in place of cumin. In other variations, radhuni seed is added to the mixture.
The name simply means "five spices" in Bengali.
In Bengali cuisine, the seeds are usually fried in oil (or ghee), which causes them to start crackling immediately. vegetables (especially potatoes), lentils, or fish are then added. It is not used with meat.
Bengali/Bangladeshi Gocery Stores carry it. They are in the Shopping Center Between Edison and George Mason Dr. on North side of Lee Hwy in Arlington.