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Fennel seed is a highly aromatic and flavourful herb, derived from a shrub. The seeds are pale greenish in colour and have a faintly sweet and refreshing flavour.
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Fennel seeds powder
To make fennel seeds powder, grind the required amount of fennel seeds in a dry blender. Grind it coarsely or finely depending on the recipe requirement. Store this powder in a cool and dry place. It can be added to dry masala powders used for making various gravies and curries. This powder may also be added to pickles, like mango pickle, lemon pickle, etc.
• Always choose fennel seeds that are not contaminated with dust, stones and other debris.
• Prefer those sold in sealed packets, to ensure a good aroma.
• Do not go for grey fennel seeds as they are very mature and are likely to have lost their flavour.Culinary Uses
• Fennel seeds are mostly eaten after meals, as they aid digestion and also act as a mouth freshener.
• Add fennel seeds to salads, soups and stews.
• It is an essential herb in the Bengali five-spice mix (panch phoron), which is used to flavour vegetable dishes and curries.
• It is also added to risotto.How to store
• Fennel seeds should be stored in air-tight bottles away from moisture and pests.Health Benefits
• Fennel seeds can relax the intestines and reduce bloating caused by indigestion.
• They can also cure bad breath problems and chronic coughs.
• Fennel water is a key ingredient in the ‘Gripe Water’ used to relieve flatulence in babies.
• It is also used in relieving colic and teething troubles.