Know more about Indian spice mixes

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Know more about Indian spice mixes:

Indian spices are popular all over the world and it exports many spices to other countries. There are a lot of masalas which can be prepared easily at home and are better in terms of aroma and flavour that it adds to the food. Different regions choose their own masala mix to prepare their recipes making it even more flavoursome. We thought we will give you a recipe list of spice mixes so that you skip on the store-brought masalas and add some spice to your life and food!

Take a look at different spice mixes prepared all over India!


Punjab- Garam Masala:


This masala mix has been a part of our kitchens since long. The classic masala is generally bought from stores but this recipe is super easy. Take some whole masalas, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, black pepper, cloves, small cardamoms, big cardamoms, nutmeg, cinnamon and mace and blend them to a fine powder. Garam masala is absolutely ready to use in your savoury dishes.


Lucknow-Nalli Nihari Masala:


This Lucknowi masala is used in the royal mutton recipe- Nalli Nihari. With so many interesting spices blended together, this masala makes the dish mouth-watering. Make it and store it to make your recipes flavourful and aromatic. Don’t go by the long list of spices it has, it’s so easy and quick to prepare. And we bet you might end up wanting for more!


Tamil Nadu- Molaga Podi:


The traditional accompaniment for idlis, sesame seeds and red chillies are the main ingredients of this spice mix. And we have also got a secret chef tip for you- You can also add coconut and tamarind to this powder for variation. Increase the chillies if you want it spicier or increase the sesame seeds to make it less spicy. Serve this masala with some hot idlis and you might just have to make another batch soon.


Maharashtra- Goda Masala:


Every Maharashtrian home has a box of this masala mixture for sure. It has a magic of making every dish stronger and spicier. Many traditional dishes in Maharashtra are incomplete without adding a full spoon of Goda Masala. Some people call it Kaala masala because of it being black in colour. Dry coconuts, dagad phool and nagkeshar are some exclusive ingredients of this spice mixture. If you haven’t yet tried it, you have been missing out on the good parts of tasty food for sure!


Karnataka- Hulliana Masala:


We have already heard that Karnataka cuisine is full of flavours and aroma. But where does it come from? It is Hulliana Masala that makes the dishes irresistible. Bisi Bele Bhaat is one of the most popular dishes in the region and that classic dish is not possible without this spice mix. Chana dal and Ural dal are also used to make this mix.


South India-Rasam Masala:


Rasam, the staple of South Indian cuisine is made with this masala mix. It has a tangy flavour in it which makes it even more amazing to add to your recipes. Lots of curry leaves and toor dal along with some spices are added to make this spice mixture. No South Indian can deny the fact of this masala being their favourite. Also, you can add this masala to your bowl of soups as well, it makes them taste even better.


Gujarat-Dabeli Masala:


The classic Gujarati snack, dabeli has a special masala in it which makes it so delicious and irresistible. Dabeli Masala can be made easily at home. Prepare it and store in an air tight container and can be stored for several weeks. Tamarind pulp is the speciality of this masala which makes it tangy; make sure you add it in surplus. Can’t wait for you to try the masala and fall in love with it!


So we are hoping that you won’t buy the readymade masala mix from the stores and instead make them at home with these recipes. Tell us if you want some other masala mix in specific and we will try to make it for you.

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.