Last Updated : Jan 06,2018
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Also Known As
Aril, Javintri, Javitri.
Mace is the crimson or bright red coloured spice or condiment, present as the second membrane covering the seed of the nutmeg fruit or the nutmeg. Its taste is milder than that of nutmeg and is used in recipes which are delicately flavoured. It consists of essential oils, which give out its peculiar flavour and aroma. Mace should be added at the beginning of cooking in order to develop its full flavour.
Mace powder, also known as ground mace is a brown-coloured, fine powder. It has a spicy taste, but subtler and more delicate than nutmeg. Its strong aroma is a combination of pepper and cinnamon and it therefore sometimes used in recipes instead of pepper. To make mace powder, first clean and roast the whole mace in a hot pan to release the moisture entirely and to make it crisp. Cool it. Now gently grind it in a grinder. If required, sieve it to get a smooth and uniform powder. Store it in a glass bottle and lid tightly when not in use. Always add it at the beginning of the cooking, so that the flavour from its essential oils builds up properly.
How to Select
• You can find mace in the spice section of almost all grocery stores.
• It is generally available in glass bottles in powdered form, whole or cut into smaller pieces.
• While buying, check for crispness, and the intense red or orange colour of mace.
• If buying in powder form, look for a rich brown colour. Feel the packet to make sure there are no lumps, which indicate moisture in the pack.
• Due to its delicate flavour, mace is widely used in light dishes like broth, soups, mashed potatoes and rice preparations.
• It gives a light orange hue to the recipes and can be used in cooking sauces, curries, pickles and ketchup.
• Due to its warm subtle flavour, similar to that of pepper and cinnamon, it can also be used in brewing tea or masala milk.
• Mace is predominantly used in sweet dishes like pies, milk custards, puddings, fruit dishes, biscuits, muffins, cakes and breads.
How to Store
• Mace has a good shelf life, provided it is stored in an airtight glass container in cool, dry and dark place, away from sunlight.
• Refrigeration is not required.
• Fresh mace flavour will last for at least six months.
• Mace aids digestion and also stimulates the appetite. It also helps clear digestive tract infections.
• Mace can relieve intestinal gas and flatulence.
• It can reduce vomiting, nausea and general stomach uneasiness.
• It can help relieve tiredness and fatigue.
• When applied externally, mace can ease rheumatic pains and clear up eczema.
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