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Black Maharashtrian Masala (kala Masala)

Cuisine: Indian
Courses: Starters and appetizers
Serves: 1 people

Recipe Ingredients

1   Dhania seeds - (coriander seeds)
1/2   Lal mirch saboot - (whole red chillies)
1/2   Sukha khopra - (dehydrated coconut chopped)
100   Lavang - (cloves)
100   Kali mirch - (pepper corns)
100   Tejpan - (bay leaves)
100   Nagkeshar
100   Dagad phool
100   Masala phool
100   Masala - (badi) elaichi (large black cardamoms)
100   Shajira - (caraway seeds or white cumin)
100   Haldi ke ganthiye - (dry turmeric root)
100   Hing ke tukde - (asafoetida in broken form)
100   Til - (sesame seeds)
100   Karala
100   Khuskhus - (food grade poppy seeds)
100   Dalchini - (cinnamon)

Recipe Instructions

Dry roast each of the ingredients on a low flame till well done.

Do not roast asafoetida and turmeric.

Pound all ingredients together till a coarse powder is formed.

Store in a clean dry airtight container.

Note: This is definitely a lengthy process, and that is why I had

recommended buying to those who are short of time. (who isn't?). Another

problem is availability of all the spices in places outside India. I have

not been able to find English equivalents to some of these spices in spite

of extensive reference to innumerable dictionaries and enquiries with

store owners. That is the reason why I have not given English names for

some of the ingredients. But these spices are abundantly available with

storekeepers in India and familiar with their indigenous names. However,

good news for those who are willing to make it. The effort is definitely

worth it. Beside this masala if properly stored will keep good without

refrigeration for almost 2 years!!! For those who are still eager to make

the same, I would drop a small tip: Just omit the ingredients you cannot

lay hands on (except the basic ones like dhania, chilli, coconut and other

common ones) and go ahead and try it in a small quantity. The result may

not be the same, but I am quite sure it will not be disappointing. All

the best.

A Cook's Tour Of South India by Vimla Patel


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