Thursday, September 23, 2010

Chana masala

A blend of spices, roasted to perfection and then ground coarsely. Use this spice concoction to make choley, black chana, dry matar. This spice blend is quite potent so a little goes a long way. I even use it to flavor some stir fried veggies like beans, eggplant.
Ingredients (Makes about 8 tbsp)
3 tbsp coriander seeds 
1 tbsp cumin seeds
2 black cardamoms 
1 green cardamom 
1 tsp black pepper corns 
1 tsp red peppercorns 
6  cloves 
2 small pieces cinnamon
5 whole red chilies 
2 tbsp anardana powder (dry Pomegranate powder)
1/2 tsp dry mint 
  1. Take the first nine ingredients and roast them gently in a hot pan for a few minutes till fragrant. Make sure not to over roast.
  2. Cool. Grind these with anardana powder and mint to a fine powder. 
  3. Store in an air tight container.


  1. Your posts are always so useful. Love this one :-) Beautiful share dear

    1. Thanks very much. So glad you find this useful. Going back to the very basics. :)