Panch Phoron – A Tale of Five Spices and a City

Talking about Bengali food, sometime back a non-Bong friend of mine asked do you always add panch phoron (five spices) to every recipe? Now this was a simple question, even though panch phoron is used only in Bengali and Odiya recipes, we don’t use it everywhere. I am sure many of my Bengali readers also think the same, so I thought I would just write a few lines about panch phoron.