January 5, 2014

Maharashtrian kala masala recipe - how to make kala masala - kala masala recipe

Maharashtrian kala masala recipe - Kala masala is a traditional and very popular Maharashtrian blend of spices,  which is very  flavorful and takes the dish to an extra high level. This masala is very handy and useful in making sabzis, amti, dal and usals. It can also be used in non-veg dishes along with other spices. I made this kala masala without dry coconut  for the  longer shelf life. Sometimes, I add dry coconut along with Kala masala while making the Maharashtrian style vegetarian side dishes. If you are using dry coconut, dry roast it until light brown and crisp. The flavor remains intact if you store this masala in an airtight container in double zip lock plastic bag. 

kala masala in a container
Maharashtrian kala masala recipe with step by step pictures.

5 cups or 500 grms coriander seeds
1 cup sesame seeds / til
1/2 cup cumin seeds / jeera
1/2 tsp asafoetida / hing
25 red chilies, byadagi variety
1/4 cup javitri / mace
1/4 cup or 20 grams nagkesar
1/4 cup or 20 grams cloves / lavang
1/4 cup or 20 grams cinnamon / dalchini
18-20 or 20 grams brown cardamoms
1 cup dagad phool / stone flower 
20 grms shahjeera 
35 small bay leaves / tej patta
14 star anise / chakri phool 
Oil as required


Maharashtrian kala masala recipe 

Slightly dry roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, shahjeera and sesame seeds separately until aromatic and crisp. Keep them aside to cool.  (If you are using dry coconut,  dry roast it until light brown and crisp)
fried spices to make kala masala

Heat sufficient oil in a pan. Fry red chilies till they turn aromatic and crisp. Keep it aside. Add nagkesar in the same pan. Fry until aromatic and light brown. Keep it aside.
roasted other spices to make kala masala

Fry  the lavang, bay leaves, cardamoms, chakri phool, dagad phool and javitri for 2 minutes. Keep them aside. 
roasted tejpatta and sesame seeds

Combine together all the fried and roasted ingredients. Mix well and allow them to cool. 
mixed the ingredients to make kala masala

Grind together the fried and roasted ingredients to a coarse powder. 
coarsely ground masala powder

Then again grind this coarse powder to a fine powder. Sieve it on a medium sieve.  Store the kala masala in an airtight container in double zip lock plastic bag. 
finely ground kala masala

Kala masala can be stored for about a year.
kala masala in a container


  1. I heard a lot about it..I'll try this for sure.

  2. The list of ingrds itself shows how flavourful it would be. I can feel the flavour. Very useful kala masala recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. I have heard about this from my friend, very lovely Vidya... I can feel the fresh aroma of all the spices, that stone flower is really new. thanks for sharing...

  4. nvr heard of this masala... love it...

  5. Wow that must be very flavorful!!! Such a wonderful masala :)

  6. masala looks fresh and new...do post in related recipes of its use into

  7. Flavorful masala,thanks for sharing.

  8. Have not used this masala in any of my recipes. Seems a flavourful spice mixture.

  9. This seems to be new to me :) Thanks for introducing to such flavourful spice :)

  10. Hmmmmm. I think I should prepare and stock this.

  11. i was looking for this recipe thanks for sharing..


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