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Kadai Masala in mortar & pestle

Kadai Masala

Kadai Masala or Karahi Masala powder recipe is a quick home-made spice blend that's the heart & soul of an authentic Kadai dish. Make it in 2 simple steps at home & get the restaurant flavors in your Karahi dishes. The taste of this home-made Kadai masala is certainly unbeatable!
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Course: Masala, Spices
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Kadai Masala, Karahi Masala, Karahi Masala Powder Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 oz
Author: Meghna Chakraborty



  • Set a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add all the ingredients and dry roast over medium heat until lightly golden & fragrant.
  • Turn off the heat and allow the roasted spices to cool down.
  • Once, at room temperature coarsely grind them to a coarse powder. You may use mixer grinder or a traditional mortar & pestle to grind them.
  • Store in an air tight jar for 1 month.



  1. Roast them very well until lightly golden, slightly crisp & fragrant. It should take you about 3-4 mins on medium heat.
  2. Grind the roasted spices COARSELY & never into a fine powder.
  3. If a mixer grinder is difficult for your to handle than choose a mortar & pestle for grinding them. I accidently always grind my Kadai masala to fine powder in a mixer & grinder. And hence, I always invest a little more time & grind the spices manually with the help of a mortar & pestle. That way you too will have much better control
  4. Store in an air-tight jar for maximum potency.
  5. You'll get maximum flavors for upto 1 month.
  6. This recipe will yeild about 4 oz coarsely ground Kadai Masala powder or 113g approximately.

Measuring cup used, 1 cup = 240 ml & 1 teaspoon = 5 ml.