Home made spice powders - Nutmeg and Cinnamon

Nutmeg/ Jaiphal

Nutmeg is an aromatic spice derived from the fruit of nutmeg tree. We get the actual spice by breaking the outer black colored shell of the dried fruit/nut. It is usually used to flavor Indian sweets and sometimes in savoury dishes [Mughlai cuisine]. 

Cinnamon/ Dalchini

Cinnamon bark is widely used as spice/flavoring ingredient in both savoury, sweet and dessert foods. True cinnamon "Cinnamomum verum", the popular one is said to originate from Sri Lanka.

I usually buy the bark rolled into quills and powder them as an when I require. This is because the freshness and flavor disappear quickly. It is one of the ingredient of garam masala. 

Let's see how can we can we prepare these powders.


Nutmeg powder
This is usually grated or crushed to be used freshly in powdered form.

Cinnamon powder
Dry roast the whole cinnamon stick/ quill for few seconds. Allow it to cool. Break cinnamon to small pieces and put them in small jar of the mixer or coffee grinder. Grind/ pulse it to a fine powder. 

Store both, nutmeg and cinnamon powders in airtight containers away from sunlight. To finish it as early as possible prepare them in limited amount.

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Now that I am ready with these powders, are you thinking what did I do with these freshly ground powders. So friends coming soon on flavorsandcolors is recipe of Eggless Apple Cinnamon Nutmeg Cake !

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  1. Very useful post. Thx for linking.

    1. Thnks Vardhini,,, happy hosting,,,btw i have linked the entry again as it was showing red cross mark besides it. TC Aparna

  2. Wow! I never knew nutmeg could look so beautiful! Great picture!


  3. Aparna,

    Your clicks are beautiful... you should share the secret :P

    1. @TheBuddingHomemaker ,,, thnks ... its the love for photography .. surely will share one day as I achieve mastery in this area... till then enjoy the clicks