Pilau Masala Blend
This spice blend is great in a pilau and can also be used in a biryani. Use approximately 2 to 3 tbsp
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tbsp cumin seeds
10 green cardamons
2 black cardamoms
5 star anise
6 regular cinnamon sticks or 3 large sticks
2 tej patta
Salt 1 tbsp or to taste
If you prefer to keep the spices whole then crush the coriander and fennel seeds in a pestle and mortar before adding to the pilau.
You would only add turmeric, chilli powder, and/ or red chilli flakes and salt in addition to the spice blend.
Store the left over spices in an air tight jar.