Methkut is a wonderful powder made with roasted lentils and spices. You will find Maharashtrians waxing eloquent over Methkut mixed with rice and ghee, the ultimate comfort food. :) Do try it and you will know why!
Over medium flame, heat a kadai (iron, preferable).
Dry roast each of the ingredients listed under to be roasted separately. Roast over medium heat to extract maximum flavour. Stir constantly for even roasting.
Set aside the roasted ingredients in a plate to cool.
Add the nutmeg, turmeric, dry ginger, asafoetida, and cardamom seeds to the dry roasted ingredients.
Grind to a fine powder.
Use a fine mesh and sieve the Methkut powder.
Grind the coarse bits again. Repeat the sieve-and-grind process, if required.
Store Methkut in an air-tight bottle.
There are versions of Metkut that use cloves and cinnamon. I will try those soon. :)