Today's Spice is Amchoor - Dried Mango Powder
Amchoor powder is made from dried & powdered unripe mangoes... so, it kind of goes without saying that it's pretty tart. Most fruit is pretty tart before it gets ripe, right? Well, amchoor is used to add souring or tang to a lot of different Indian recipes, and it's actually a pretty common ingredient in a lot of Indian food.
I picked this Channa Masala recipe because it called for a whole tablespoon of the amchoor, and you could definitely taste its bright, fruity tang in the final dish. Still, I can't say this was my favorite chana masala experience ever. It needed quite a bit of lime juice and salt to bring out the flavors. I will continue to search for the holy grail of chana masala recipes.
Amchoor powder is very much the same color as my cutting board, but they don't taste the same!
Do you have a favorite recipe that calls for amchoor? I've still got a pretty big box to make my way through!