Novice Indian Cooking Question
I'm just starting to dabble in Indian cooking and have noticed that recipes call for certain quantities of ground spice. I also understand that it's preferable to grind spices as needed. How do you know how much of a given whole spice will yield the desired amount of ground spice (eg. how much coriander or cumin seeds do you grind for, say, 1 tsp. of ground spice)? Is there a formula? Thanks. Btw, I'm using Julie Sahni's Classic Indian Cooking. Thanks!
Well .. I've tested and have always been a bit surprised that King of NB's formulation appears to work. If, for example, I need a tsp of ground allspice, I generally have found that grinding a tsp of allspice berries (I use a Krups coffee grinder) yields a tsp of ground allspice.
Perhaps it works because generally smaller seeds (like cumin) will fit fairly tightly while with larger seeds (like allspice) you'll start with a heaping full measuring spoon that will grind down to a level full measuring spoon. The exception to this rule: nutmeg!