What Is Goda Masala? Know How Marathi Cuisine Is Incomplete Without This Flavourful Spice Blend

by Tejashee Kashyap
What Is Goda Masala? Know How Marathi Cuisine Is Incomplete Without This Flavourful Spice Blend

Renowned for its vibrant culture, diverse cuisine, and mouthwatering delicacies, Maharashtrian cuisine gives a rich blend of flavours. One such culinary gem that epitomises the flavours of Maharashtra is the aromatic spice blend known as Goda Masala.

Origins Of Goda Masala

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Goda Masala, also referred to as Kaala Masala, literally translates to “sweet spice blend.” Used for generations in Maharashtrian households, the masala continues to be a traditional spice mix. It has a distinct combination of spices and a rich, earthy aroma. This masala adds a unique taste to various Maharashtrian dishes, elevating them to new heights of deliciousness.

The origins of Goda Masala can be traced back to the Marathas. They were the dominant power in Maharashtra during the 17th and 18th centuries. This spice blend reflects the culinary traditions of the region and embodies the essence of Maharashtrian cuisine.

What sets Goda Masala apart from other spice mixes is the addition of unique ingredients such as stone flower and dry coconut. Stone flower, also known as kalpasi or dagad phool, is a lichen with a distinctive appearance resembling dried, dark petals.

Moreover, it contributes a deep, earthy flavour and imparts a beautiful dark hue to the masala. Dry coconut, on the other hand, adds a subtle sweetness and creaminess to the blend, balancing out the heat and intensity of the other spices.

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Goda Masala Is An Essential In Marathi Households

Goda Masala
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The composition of Goda Masala varies slightly from one household to another, as each family has its own secret recipe passed down through generations.

However, there are some common ingredients that form the base of this spice mix. Key components typically include coriander seeds, cumin seeds, black peppercorns, cinnamon, cloves, black cardamom, stone flower (dagad phool), and dry coconut.

These ingredients are dry-roasted individually to enhance their flavours. The process of making Goda Masala is labour-intensive and requires precision and expertise. The individual spices are carefully roasted on a low flame to unlock their essential oils, which release captivating aromas. The resulting blend is a fragrant, dark brown masala with a complex flavour profile.

Goda Masala finds its way into numerous Maharashtrian dishes, lending them a distinct character and depth. It is a key ingredient in iconic Maharashtrian recipes such as Bharli Vangi (stuffed eggplant), Amti (spiced lentil curry), and Masale Bhat (spiced rice).  The unique flavours of Goda Masala are not limited to savoury dishes alone. It is also used in some Maharashtrian sweets like Puran Poli.

Whether used in everyday cooking or special occasions, this unique spice blend continues to add a touch of magic to every dish it graces.

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