Maharashtrian Goda Masala Recipe | Homemade Marathi Kala Masala

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Maharashtrian Goda Masala

Mar 22, 2014         5 comments.

Maharashtrian Goda Masala is a spice blend of various whole spices that gives a unique taste to the dishes.

Maharashtrian Goda Masala Recipe |Homemade Marathi Kala Masala

It is a spice blend used mostly in Maharashtra and neighboring states in India. h. Many different kind of Goda Masala is found depending on the ingredients used, regional preference and the personal taste. Some common ingredients are cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, bayleaf, white sesame seeds, coriander seeds, coconut flakes, cassia buds, dagad phool(lichen) and white and black peppercorns. To make the Maharashtrian goda masala, the spices are roasted using oil. All spices are roasted till they become darker in colour and then ground to a powder. When the spices are roasted enough for them to be dark brown (almost black) in colour when ground, it is called ‘Kaala Masala‘.

Here’s the RECIPE

Maharashtrian Goda Masala

  • Author: Kavitha
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


Fry in oil:

  • 1 cup coriander seeds
  • 1/6 cup cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon shah jeera (caraway seeds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 inch cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorn
  • 1/8 cup dagad phool (stone flower – see note below)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi)

Dry roast:

  • 1/8 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup dessicated coconut

Other ingredients:

  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 cup chilli powder
  • Oil
  • Salt (optional)
  • Note – Dagad Phool
  • For those who have never seen dagad phool, it is not same as star anise. This looks like dried flowers or lichens that are often seen on trees. It has a very strong smell. The main characteristic aroma of kala masala comes from this ingredient. However, if you don’t have this, you can leave it out or substitute star anise


  1. Heat very little oil and fry all the ingredients under ‘fry in oil’. Take care not to burn anything. You can fry them one by one. Take them out.
  2. Dry roast the ingredients under ‘dry roast’.
  3. Grind all of them together to a smooth powder. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Store in air tight container.

You can directly purchase Maharashtrian Goda Masala from the stores too. It is a wonderful blend to add to your dishes. If you’re looking to make a preservative-free Goda Masala at home and may have a hard time finding the ingredients, here are a few links to help you find them online –

  1. Coriander Seeds
  2. Cumin Seeds
  3. Shah Jeera
  4. Cloves
  5. Cinnamon
  6. Asafetida Powder (Hing)
  7. Dagad Phool (Stone Flower)
  8. Mustard Seeds
  9. Fenugreek Seeds (Methi)
  10. Sesame seeds
  11. Dessicated coconut
  12. Turmeric powder
  13. Red Chilli Powder
  14. Vegetable Oil

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