Top 5 Indian spice mixes that are as desirable as the garam masala

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Spices to India, is what cheese to Denmark! Since ages, different kinds of spices have always been of utmost importance in the Indian culinary repertoire.  Be it in the whole form or powdered mixes, these have always ruled every household pan India. For instance, garam masala with its regional variations is not just a spice mix adding that extra flavour to a dish, but, also taking care of the body because of its healing properties.

But with this, the Indian subcontinent doesn’t get over with its exquisite list of spice blends. Each region has its own creation that is typical to the local flavours, and once you use it in a dish, these do wonders. They are all different in their own way, yet are perfect for the dishes they are made for.


Check out some of the unique spice mixes that are popular throughout the country. And the best part is, we give you the recipes too. So, no more buying the readymade stuff!


This one’s khup chan!

Goda Masala is the ultimate pehchan of Maharashtra. Besides a whole lot of other spices, the presence of cobra saffron (nag kesar) and stone flower (dagad phool) makes it a real special one. Your dals and curries will level up the best way with this. Try!


Majja ni masala!

Parsis are known to have a cuisine as distinctive and flavourful as their vibrant culture! The Dhansak is one of their most iconic dishes, so much that there’s a special masala mix dedicated to it. Here, in this video, we show you a step-by-step procedure to get it right.


For a flavourful explosion!

Gun Powder, locally known as molaga podi, is the pride of Tamil Nadu. And not just idlis, vadas, dosas or uttapams, sprinkling this spice mix on your homely dal-chawal will put a chaar chand in your entire meal. You have to prepare it today!


Niharo is masale ko!

Welcome to the world of Nawabs and Mughals with one of the most celebrated mutton dishes, Nalli Nihari. So, when it’s said that a dish of such a stature requires a special spice mix to get all the flavours on point, it’s not wrong. Fennel, mace, nutmeg and poppy seeds – the stars in this one! You can easily make your Nalli Nihari Masala, this is how you go about it.


Namma masala! Hulianna Masala, the chosen one from the picturesque state of Karnataka! This masala is a key ingredient in the dish called ‘Bisi-bela-huli-anna,’ where ‘bisi’ means hot, ‘bela’ means lentil, ‘huli’ means tamarind and ‘anna’ means cooked rice. It is a comfort food in this part of the country without a doubt and we are sure, once you try it, it will be yours too.


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.