Malvani cuisine belongs to the Konkan coastal regions of Maharashtra, Goa and West Karnataka. The flavors are highly influenced by Maharashtrian and Goan cuisine. Being a coastal area, seafood dominates the food choices and there is liberal use of coconut. A number of spices and herbs are used in varied combinations and here is a standard hot and spicy Malvani masala to be used in a variety of both veg and seafood dishes.
10 whole dry kashmiri red chillies , broken into pieces
2 tsp whole coriander seeds
4 to 5 cloves
1/2 tsp black peppercorns
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp caraway seeds
4 to 5 green cardamoms
2 to 3 black cardamom
1/2 cup grated dry or fresh coconut
1 tsp poppy seeds (khus-khus)
2 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)
2 star anise
1 inch piece cinnamon
Dry roast all above till very lightly brown.
Cool and add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder.
- Process in a grinder with water to form a smooth paste.
Use Malvani Masala to make these
|Fiery Malvani Fish curry|