The letter G happened when I was doing the previous BM and took up to do Mahatrasrian cuisine. Goda Masala is the famous spice powder from the Maharashtrian cuisine. The very first time I participated in a food event was for RCI Maharashtra and I had cooked few dishes for the event. That was my first exposure to this cuisine and whatever veg dish I had prepared, I had enjoyed the taste. The masala bath recipe that I had referred called for Goda Masala and it was said that if you don’t have goda masala, you can replace with regular garam masala. As you might have guessed right, I went ahead with my homemade garam masala, not even bothering to check out what and how this Goda masala was made.
It was many years later that I finally came around reading on what makes up a Goda Masala and how it is made. This spice powder includes the basic garam masala ingredients, along with some more. After making it, I went back to read on my Maharashtrian Masala Bath, and realized I missed the main essence by way far. And also realized that the hostess and other natives who had left such wonderful comments on my dish, were really kind to point out that the taste wouldn’t have been the same!
Anyway I had enjoyed my participation then and that experience had surely made my initial years very memorable.
I also seem to have missed out sharing another interaction, which had laid heavily on my conscience for not writing about it or clicking pictures of what I received. Pradnya had sent in a huge box, full of spice blends, with beautiful notes, recipes and how to use for each of the spice blends. Though I thanked her, I never shared how wonderful it felt to receive those homemade spice blends. She had sent Goda masala, garam masala, peanut masala etc. All used up and enjoyed. In fact the box you see in this picture, was one of the box she had sent in. To remember her Goda Masala, I stored up in the same box. Thank you Pradnya for your thoughtfulness and sweet gesture.
Though I must confess my boys were not happy. The reason being she packed everything in a Ben Ten box and they wrongly assumed that a toy awaited them and were sorely disappointed to see cooking things! We all had a laugh at the way they looked at it.
For today, under G, it is condiment – Goda Masala
The recipe I am sharing today is from an online Maharashtrian friend. She said her mom makes different combinations. This recipe I choose to make didn’t have peppercorns and black cardamom. The fragrance and the spice that makes this unique is the use of Dagad phool / Black stone flower. We normally use this as whole in our cooking, mostly biryanis. I was surprised to note that this is ground as powder.
She also said that they mostly roast these spices in oil and when they roast it to almost black, they call it Kaala masala. When the spices are roasted and tossed till they leave aroma, you can remove and grind. So this variety of masala is simply referred as Goda Masala.
After making this spice blend and preparing couple of dishes with it, I realized how spicy and aromatic the final dish was. Infact this friend of mine gave me recipes that had a ground masala to it. That had red chili, peppercorns. So I assume they don’t mix it beforehand but include fresh to the dish.
As with any cuisine, I have no authority over the authenticity of my preparation. I followed the recipe to the T and I enjoyed all the dishes that I prepared with it.
Goda Masala from Maharashtra
Coriander seeds – 4 cups
Cloves – 2 tsp
Cinnamon sticks (half inch to one inch long) – 4-5
Cumin seeds – 3-4 tsp
Caraway seeds / Shahjeera – 3-4 tsp
Sesame seeds – 1/2 cup
Dry Coconut / Copra – 1/2 cup
Bay leaves 6-7 nos
Dagad phool / Black stone flower – 6-7
Aesofoetida (Hing) according to taste
Heat a non stick pan, toss all the ingredients until the aroma starts coming out. Remove and allow to cool, before grinding to a smooth powder.
The ingredients are roasted one by one. Since I was making almost 1/4 of the recipe I got, I had tossed in together. Also you can use few drops of oil during the roasting, which will surely bring out more essence of the spices used.
The above measurement was halved, still I got a huge batch that’s frozen. I have since used this spice powder in many dishes and loved the addition this spice powder gave.
I had used this goda Masala in the below recipes, that I did for a previous BM theme.
Couple of them asked what is goda masala and where the recipe for it. I had simply said will share it, not disclosing that I had saved it for my ABC cooking for G! I was feeling so bad for sharing the main spice blend later, but couldn’t help it.