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The Masala Dabba (Indian Spice Box)

Ever since I began admiring and learning cooking, I never left any chance of learning aspects about cooking. Be it a new or an old recipe, I get inquisitive and excited about the outcome when I’m cooking something. It is an achievement if the outcome is better than the previous. Everyday I tend to look out for any kind of improvement in the kitchen too, be it utensils or cutlery. Any object that is kept in the kitchen gets utmost attention from me. I believe a kitchen is the soul of a home. Whatever you eat to make a living comes from the kitchen and it needs utmost care from our side. This is how my passion towards cooking gets stronger and stronger day by day.

There are certain things we need to do to make things easy in the kitchen, for example arranging proper containers for groceries and spices, keeping large containers for the monthly stock, space for the cutlery etc. Keeping similar ingredients and objects at one place is the best way I can think of having an organized kitchen.

Of late there is one thing that I have started loving, and that is, the Indian spice box that is found in most of the Indian kitchens. A traditional spice box (Masala Dabba) is a seven portioned box meant for organizing your daily spices/ingredients. I used to wonder if there was any convention to be followed while filling-in the spices. After a lot of observations I realized that it’s a personal choice and we could choose the spices as per our convenience.

Both my in laws are very good cooks and I observed that they used more or less the same seven ingredients at all times, five of them were in the box, two were placed separately. So I made a slight change and accommodated the two ingredients. Currently, these are our seven ingredients.

1. Turmeric powder

2. Cumin seeds

3. Unroasted peanuts*

4. Dry red chilly (Guntur chilly: Read this)

5. Channa dal*

6. Mustard seeds

7. Urad dal*

Ideally peanuts, channa dal and urad dal are not spices. You may wonder that they seem out of order. But, these ingredients go along with the mustard seasoning most of the time. Hence these three ingredients are included.

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Raagi Mudde (Finger-Millet flour balls)

I've grown up in an environment where food was confined to more of rice. But when recently I moved into a new life, there was quite a transition in the type of food I have started consuming. It is an obvious fact once a girl gets married. I slowly started realizing there is something other than just eating rice and sambar for meals. Believe it or not, I tasted Raggi Mudde just about recently and I really appreciate its power.

Finger Millets / Raagi on its own has a rich dose of nutrients. I would just wish to reproduce a part from wikipedia here.

Courtesy : Wikipedia
Nutritive value of Ragi per 100 g
Protein 7.3 g
Fat 1.4 g
Carbohydrate 72 g
Minerals 2.7 g
Calcium 344 mg
Fibre 3.6 g
Energy 328 kCal

It would seem a little absurd on my part to post a common recipe like this. But then, the goodness of this recipe kept pushing me to give it a little space on Food for Joy! :)

Raagi Mudde Recipe

Makes 3 raagi balls


1 cup (120 gms) of raagi
2 cups of water*
1 tsp Salt (To taste)
A wooden spoon


Step 1: In a wok, boil water.

Step 2: When the water bubbles, add salt and turn the flame to low and add raagi slowly, preferably through a sieve.**

Step 3: Use a wooden spoon or stirrer and stir gently avoiding lumps on a low flame.
Step 4: Once the mixture reaches a very thick consistency, turn off the heat and let it cool.

Step 5: Once the mixture is cooled, dip your hands in water and make raagi balls from the mixture. Serve hot with any sambar of your choice.

*The amount of water should be twice the volume of Raagi.
**It is always better to add raagi to the boiling mixture through a sieve. Sieving the flour before hand may not help as much.

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