Making your own fresh spice blends and pastes makes a world of difference in your cooking. This is an aromatic blend that I created inspired by aromatic Indian spices and the western grilling rubs. This blend is ideal for marinating steak, fish or chicken. This can be used as a dry rub or can be mixed in oil to create a flavorful marinade. I like to blend this mixture into a coarse mix, where I can feel the crunch of the spices with the food.
Dry roast the whole spices in a small nonstick skillet over medium 1 heat, stirring until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the spices from the skillet and set aside to let cool completely.
Coarsely grind all the whole spices in an electric coffee grinder 2 with the powdered spices, dried mint leaves and salt. Store in an airtight jar.