Goda masala is a Maharashtrian masala mix, used mainly in their breakfast or lunch recipes. One such recipe, prepared using this masala is matki usal. The specialty of this masala is that it uses dry coconut mix along with fresh indian spices.
The first time, when I had matki usal, it resembled kerala style kadala curry I used to have at my home. After a bit of interaction with the chef and doing a bit of research in the net, I got to know the basic ingredients that are required to make this masala.
There are many sites, that explain different variations of goda masala. Few, use special ingredients to give a more authentic taste and fragrance. But on a basic level, almost all of them use the same base ingredients.
In this post, I will save you all that trouble and keep it very simple, and explain how to make goda masala with easily available ingredients.
What ingredients will we be using?? For this recipe we will be using a mix of Indian spices like bayleaf, dry red-chilly, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, daghphool, and coconut gratings.
As a prerequisite for this step, you would require a mixer and a frying pan.
Now, let us get started.
1. For goda masala, you would need 7-8 red chillies, ½ tbsp. of sesame seeds (black/white), 1 tbsp of jeera, 5-6 blackpepper, 2 tbsp of coriander seeds, 1 bayleaf, 3-4 cloves, 1 starseed, 1 cinnamon stick, 2-3 rock flower(dhaag phool) and 1 bowl of coconut gratings.
The most important of these ingredients are the dhaag phool and sesame seeds. You can skip the star seed, if you can’t find one. All these are easily available in any Indian grocery store.
2. Heat each of these ingredients separately. First heat the coconuts to golden brown and keep it aside.
3. Then, continue heating the red chillies, sesame seeds, jeera, blackpepper, coriander seeds etc in that order. It is better to heat the seeds separately, but you can also fry them together.
4. Heat the spices bayleaf, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon to complete the fried ingredients for goda masala.
5. Grind these mix in a dry mixer jar to get the freshly powdered goda masala.
This goda masala, will suffice a dish for 4 people. On a spice level, this was very spicy. If you don’t like it that spicy, cut the red chilies count to 5 and pepper count to 3.
Below are a list of sites, you may like. These sites show you different methods on how to make this masala. Here, are the list of sites,I personally liked.
1. Spiceupcurry: A very simple goda masala preparation has been explained here. Check it out. I felt this site, too prepares the masala with easy ingredients.
2. VegrecipesofIndia: If you like a little more detailed preparation, with well shot pictures and follow an authentic style, check this site out.