Different Masala used in Indian Cookery

Indian Masalas

The Dry Masalas (powdered Spice mixes or curry powders) are used to flavor lentils, vegetables, seafood, and meat. The ingredients are roasted over low heat until they release a faint aroma. A fine powder is made and they are stored in an airtight container.

Some of the popular spice mixes or masala used in Indian cuisines are given here:-

Below These are the some Indian Masala use in daily basis.

Types of Indian Masala

Biryani Masala

It is used for savory spiced colorful and flavorful rice.

Fennel Seeds50 gmBlack Cardamoms10 gm
White Poppy Seeds40 gmStar Anise10 gm
Cumin Seeds30 gmCaraway Seeds10 gm
Cinnamon Powder30 gmBay Leaves10 gm
Whole Cloves20 gmMace10 gm
Green Cardamoms20 gmNutmegPowder of 2/4 piece

Chole Masala

It is used for chickpea curry.

Coriander Seeds 2 tbsp Cloves 4-5
Cinnamon 1” piece Cumin Seeds 2 tbsp
Black Cardamom 3-4 pods Anardana (optional) 1 tbsp
Bay Leaf 1 Whole Dry Chilies (optional) 1 or 2
Black Peppercorns 1 tbsp    

Check out the how to make Amritsari Choley.

Coastal Fish Masala

It is used for fish curry and fish fry.

Dry Coconut Grated3 tbspWhite Pepper Corns¼ cup
Sesame Seeds1 tbspGreen Cardamom Pods½ cup
Mustard Seeds2 tblspCumin Seeds¾ cup
Saffron Strands¼ tbspNutmeg Powder¼ cup
Black Pepper Corns¼ cup  

Garam Masala

Garam masala (from garam(hot) and masala(a mixture of spices)) is a blend of different ground spices, It is a usual spice mix used in stews.

Coriander seeds4 tbspBlack Cardamom3-4 large pods
Cumin seeds1 tbspCloves2-3 pieces
Black Peppercorns1 tbspCinnamon2 × 1” pieces
Black Cumin seeds1 ½ tbspBay Leaves2 Crushed
Dry Ginger Powder1 ½ tbsp  

Kala(Goda) Masala

kala(Goda) masala is a Maharashtrian spice mixture (masala), very aromatic spice mix powder which is the base for most
Maharashtrian curries and dals.

Coriander Seeds500 gmMace Flower50 gm
Dry Red Chilies250 gmCinnamon Bark50 gm
Dry Coconut shredded250 gmWhite Poppy Seeds50 gm
Dry Turmeric Roots50 gmCaraway Seeds50 gm
Asafoetida Chunks50 gmSesame Seeds50 gm
Cloves50 gmSesame Seeds50 gm
Black Pepper Corns50 gmBay Leaves50 gm
Flower Stone50 gmGreen Cardamom25 gm
Whole Nutmegs5 piecesBlack Cardamom25 gm
Indian Masalas

Meat Masala

It is used to flavor chicken and lamb dishes.

Cumin Seeds20 gmGinger Powder5 gm
Coriander Seeds8 gmGarlic Powder5 gm
Cloves5 gmRed Chili Powder5 gm
Cinnamon2” StickTurmeric Powder5 gm
Orange food coloring1 gmMace Powder5 gm
Salt5 gm  

Pav-Bhaji Masala

It is used in a tangy stew paired with Pao(bun-shaped bread).

Red Chili50 gmBlack Cardamom4-5 pieces
Coriander Seeds50 gmDry Mango Powder25 gm
Cumin Seeds25 gmFennel Seeds10 gm
Black Pepper25 gmTurmeric Powder1 tbsp
Cinnamon25 gmStar Anise2 pieces
Clove25 gm  

Rajma Masala

It is used to spice kidney beans curry.

Cloves4 piecesBlack Peppercorns4 pieces
Cardamom2 piecesCumin Seeds1 tbsp
Cinnamon Stick1” stickCumin Powder1 tbsp
Bay leaf1 pieceGinger Garlic Paste1 tbsp
Coriander Powder1 ½ tbspGaram Masala Powder½ tbsp
Red Chili Powder1 tbspDry Mango Powder½ tbsp

Sambar Masala

It is used to flavor a curry named Sambar, Prepared with cooked pigeon peas, drumsticks, tomatoes, pumpkin pieces, and cubes of other vegetables. Sambar is one of the most delicious South Indian foods often served as a side with rice and vegetable stir fry, And also served with Idli, Urad Wada, Uthappam, or various types of Dosai.

Chana Daal¼ cupBlack Peppercorns¼ cup
Urad Daal (black gram)¼ cupDry Red Broken Chili¼ cup
Coriander Seeds½ cupDry Grated Coconut¼ cup
Cumin Seeds¼ cupMustard Seeds¼ cup
Fenugreek Seeds¼ cupTurmeric Powder2 tbsp
Dried Curry Leaves20 piecesAsafetida Powder2 tbsp

Tea Masala

It is used to prepare flavored tea.

Black Cardamom1 podBlack Peppercorns¼ tbsp
Cardamom SeedsFrom 25 podsDry, Ground Ginger Powder1 tbsp
Cloves4 piecesGround Cinnamon Powder1 tbsp
Fennel seeds½ tbspCarom Seeds (optional)¼ tbsp

There is a very large variety of spice mixes for side dishes such as curd based salad named Raita, appetizers such as Jal-Jeera and Chhach, sweet-flavored milk named Thandai, and Indian street food named Chaat.

There are also some other spices such as pickle masala, A combination of five spices named panch-poran used in eastern states of India. The list goes on according to the taste preferences and diversity in cultures.

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