MAD Masala Dani

Kitchen Essentials┬á – Must have in your “Masala Dani”

For those who must be wondering what is a masala dani┬á? Well it is found in all the Rasoi’s┬á( kitchens ) in india. It is a handy box of spices used for almost all kinds of Indian cooking, kept at a very convenient place in our kitchen┬á.

Five basic spices of the popular Indian curry -

1. Red Chilli Powder ( Lal mirchi ) – Use to add spice in your dishes,plus add color in the dish.

2. Turmeric Powder ( Haldi ) – Apart from having the healing qualities, it is one of the most important spice of indian cooking. It gives yellow color to┬áthe dishes┬áand gives a nice aroma too.

3. Garam Masala Powder (King of all spices ) – Garam┬áMasala is prepared in different┬áways in different┬áparts of India, but i┬ámake it with ground coriander seeds,cumin seeds,┬áblack peppercorn, dry ginger , cardamom, cloves , anise, cinnamon,bay leaves in different proportions. It is used in north Indian cooking in almost every dish.┬á( I use this in different┬áproportions in most of my curries, it adds┬árich flavour to the curry ).

4. Coriander Powder ( Dhaniya ) – One of my favourites, ┬áit adds thickness to the curries.

5. Dry Mango Powder ( Amchoor ) – This spice lends a sour taste to the preparations. Used mainly in only those preparations┬áwhere we need to give a tangy flavour to the dishes. Also used in many stuffings for the tea time snacks recipes.

Five basic Tempering Seeds for Indian Cuisine -

1. Sesame Seeds ( Til ) -┬áIt is used in many south-Indian sweet delicacies and chutney’s, it is also sprinkled over toasts, biscuits, breads, cakes, salads, stir fries etc, when dry fried sesame seeds ground to a thin light brown color paste known as tahini. Tahini┬áis one of the main ingredient in famous middle-eastern dip, hummus.

2. Fenugreek┬áSeeds ( Methi dana ) – Methi dana is also used in many ways in our indian cooking, it is slightly bitter in taste. Used in indian mango pickles too. Mostly used in curries and in many ways in south indian dishes.

3. Black Mustard Seeds ( Kali sarson ) – These seeds are widely used for tempering mainly in south indian dishes.

4. Cumin Seeds ( Jeera ) – One of the important seeds in cooking indian cuisine. Used for tempering dry curries, rice┬áto lentils. A must in indian kitchen.

5. Carrom Seeds ( Ajwain ) – A very powerful spice for digestion and better metabolism. A must addition in preparing vegetables and lemon pickles. It is used in little quantity as is slightly bitter and pungent.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and Health October 10, 2012 at 8:19 PM

you have a lovely blog and love your approach on food…looking forward to read more :)


madcookingfusions October 10, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Thank you so much Dixya, glad to know you and your blog, looking forward to read your stuff too :)


Belen Inal-Banerjee February 13, 2013 at 11:56 AM

I’m gonna add all these to my grocery shopping list this weekend. Your blog is my kitchen fairy:-)


madcookingfusions February 13, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Sure do that, but please do not buy in bulk, only 50 grams to 100 grams each. Later as per your need increase or decrease the quantitiy! Happy Cooking :)!


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