Monday, February 21, 2011

Maharastrian Ghati Masala...for curries!!

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I am one masala freak,if I find any new masalas(and ofcourse for vegetarian dishes)on the rack in any store I just grab them to my shopping cart.I have used many of the maharastrian masalas like goda masala,lassun masala,shenga masala,kopra masala,kolhapuri masala etc etc.During one of my usual conversations with my maid who is a maharastrian,I got to know about this ghati masala which she mentioned is very common in most of the maharastrian homes,they make it in a very large quantity and save it for the whole year as the process to make this masala is very tedious and time consuming.It is actually called 'Ghati masala' as the people who stays in ghats prepare this masala with the freshly available spices there.I do not claim that this is the most authentic recipe for maharastrian ghati masala as I did not verify the recipe with any other maharastrian.So my maharastrian friends,please let me know more details about this masala.I tried my level best to give you guys the precise measurements what I got from her and from my experience while making it.This masala sounded so unique to me as they use the fried onions in making the masala which makes it more tastier when added to any curry,fry or gravy.The masala is used in almost all preparations like misal,usal,stuffed vegetable curries, gravies, curries,simple vegetable stir fry etc etc.I will share a simple curry which I made using this multi purpose masala in my next post.

Ingredients:
1/4 kg onions,finely sliced
200 gms red chillies(spicy variety)
50 gms byadige red chillies(for color)
50 gms garlic pods,neatly separated and skin slightly removed
150 gms grated dry coconut
(75 gms of whole maharastrian garam masala which includes the following ingredients)
1 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp til/sesame seeds
1 tsp khus khus
15-18 laung
4" cinnamom stick
12-15 tej patta
4-5 dagad phool/black stone flower
8-10 moti elaichi(black cardamom)
5-6 star anise
5-6 javitri
1/2 tsp soamph
1/2 tsp shahjeera
2 turmeric sticks or 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
Oil to deep fry onions

Method:
  • Thinly slice the onions and deep fry in oil until golden brown and crisp.Leave them aside to cool.
  • Dry roast grated coconut until deep dark brown in color and keep it aside.
  • Dry roast red chillies(both the varieties) until they are crisp and dark brown in color.
  • Dry roast the ingredients of maharastrian garam masala mix until dark brown in color.Do this process on a medium flame and do for each ingredient separately as the frying time of each and every ingredient differs.Slightly warm the nutmeg powder and turmeric powder if using instead of turmeric sticks.
  • After all the masalas are cooled down grind the roasted garam masala first and then add fried red chillies and grind to a powder.Now add roasted grated dry coconut,garlic pods and deep fried onions and grind to a slightly coarse powder.
Store this in a air-tight container and use it when required.

I am sending this to PJ's 'Flavors of Maharastra' event which is started by Naina.

I am sending these following entries to pari's 'ONLY-cooking with Bread' event.


40 comments:

Priti said...

Masala looks yum and quite different ...love the pics...waiting for your next post now

Priya said...

Am a masala freak too..ghati masala looks wholesome and interesting..

notyet100 said...

masala is new for me ,looks deliicous,..luv the name too,..

Rekha shoban said...

interesting n new varities of curry!!!nice spread!

Shama Nagarajan said...

too good..nice click

Priya Sreeram said...

lovely recipe for the masala, good one ~!

Rachana said...

The masala looks great, would make it soon :-)

divya said...

looks awesome and great click..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

what a terrific looking masala. Really this masala can be so handy. And thanks pratibha for rectifying my printing mistake of coriander pwd :-)

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

jeyashrisuresh said...

very new one.no doubt ,frying onions will give a nice flavor to the masala.nice pictures

Sushma Mallya said...

Masala looks yummy and very nice :)

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

Masala looks so great...lovely clicks

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Looks so good, a very useful post.

Smitha said...

the maasala looks too good!...my masala is getting over...mayb i will make some of this!
Smitha
http://smithasspicyflavors.blogspot.com/

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

my mom makes this homemade masala little differently...add flavors and taste to any curry dish...yum

Sush said...

Never heard about this. Looks very spicy & a nice click too.

PJ said...

ghati masala looks awesome and must taste so good with any curries!

Swathi said...

ghati masala looks delicious. I too like to try with different masalas.

Sharmi said...

that is quite a masala! so many ingredients in one masala. I will faint before making it:) Can you pack and send me some:) looks very good!!

Dibs said...

Interesting masala! Great idea to make different types and store for variety I guess! Wish you could have sent me a bottle :-))))

PJ said...

Same pinch!I too lover to try out different types of masalas.This is on my list now :).And thanks for sending it across to my event..

sanjeeta kk said...

Love the spices and I am another masala freak in the queue...

Pavithra said...

The masala which I make is different.. i got that recipe from my cousin who married maharashtrian.. it tastes so good with all subzi, stir fries etc.. this recipe sounds interesting too ..will surely try this and let u know ... Like u I am masala freak too :)

Indymac friends help center said...

wow, I have heard so much about this masala and even tried it in some of the curries, but seeing the recipe for the first time. What a rich and lovely color.

Madhavi said...

WOW this masala looks amazing Pratibha..love it!!

Nandini said...

Mmm...It sure looks aromatic and wonderful. I want a sample. :D

Chitra said...

Me too like u. want to try different masalas. i'll surely try this ..

Sarah Naveen said...

nice recipe..gotta try this..

Cham said...

This masala sounds very tasty, I got to try this one!

Now Serving said...

Absolutely love this - bookmarked!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

love it... very spicy and yummy!

vidhas said...

New recipe to me, sounds great, love to try.

Torviewtoronto said...

Prathy these look fabulous
delicious spicy side

DV said...

I love to try new masalas too. Happy to learn authentic Maharashtrian spice powder. Am gonna make it and try it on my curries too...

-Divya
TastyVegCooking

runnergirlinthekitchen.blogspot.com said...

Hi Parthy,
Stumbled upon your blog,could not stop browsing :)
Am a Maharashtrian now settled in Bangalore.. the masalas very closely resembles what we make at home:)
Am new to the blogging world but totally hooked on to it. Like your space and following you.
Cheers
Gauri

Shubhada said...

Hmm!!!Yummy My mouth started watering. Yeah that ghaati masala name itself sounds it must be spicy and rich in taste. Thanks for your lovely recipe of preparation of ghaati masala. I simply loved it.

sarah said...

wonderful and handy masala!! i always used to wonder how rheir curries are so delicious!! now i know!! thanks a ton!!

Anonymous said...

pls send recipes using this masala it looks yummy

Anonymous said...

Wow. . !

Jiya Jitesh said...

Thank u.. Was searching for this recipe since long.. Tried it!! It was quite satisfying

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