Authentic Maharastrian goda masala

goda masala
The flavour profile of Indian masalas varies so much that we really can’t have just one sambhar masala or garam masala to do all the curries and filling vegetables. Each masala toasted combination thought slightly different brings about varied taste in the dish. For instance, try the same roasted potatoes with each type of masala, say, bisibelebath masala, Jeervan masala or Garam masala changes its flavour so much that each of it becomes a new variety.

The goda masala

Coming to Maharashtra, there is a unique combination of masala called Goda masala. This pungent but no fiery spice recipe call in for two unique ingredients, the lichen stone flower and the cassia flowers. These two spices are among the lesser used but give the characteristic flavour to this masala. With coriander, coconut and sesame seeds becoming the major players the stone flower and the cassia buds is like the subtle after tone which makes you wonder what is in it.

Kala and goda masala

Kala(dark) masala is similar to Goda masala. The roast takes place till the ingredients are about dark brown so the masala literally looks black or the darker shades rather than the usual reds and yellows. The proportion of the coriander and the sesame seeds going a bit higher and the deep dark roasting makes a good Kala masala. Kaala masala will also have roasted and browned onions and garlic pounded in making it a bit stickier. The addition of some water to it will make it a good base for the curries.
At the same time, store-bought Kala masala will not be having the coconut so that it enhances the shelf life. 
Kala masala

In what ways can we use Goda masala?

Goda masala is a well-rounded spice mix. It can literally be added to curries stir-fries, patties, vegetable-based rice mix, soups or any savoury dish where you may want to have a spice trail.
Try it  in amti, usal, masala baat, dabeli sandwiches…for traditional touch
Scroll down for the detailed recipe and enjoy some fragrant masala time.
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goda masala

Goda masala

Authentic Maharashtrian masala mix
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Preserves, Traditional
Cuisine Indian, Medicinal, One pot, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter


  • 2 tsp cooking oil
  • 1/4 cup coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 6-8 long dry red chilli kashmiri chilli, lesser in heat levels
  • 3 tbsp dessicated coconut ( kopra, kobri)
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (til, ellu)
  • 2 medium bayleaves
  • 10-12 small cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper (kalimirch, Kurumilagu)
  • 1 small cinnamon stick ( dalchini, karuvapatta)
  • 1/4 tsp caraway seeds (Shajeera)
  • 2-3 buds cassia flowers ( a caper like spice) ( marathi moggu,
  • 1 tsp Stone flower
  • 1/2 tsp Asafoetida (Hing, kayam)
  • 1/4 cup dessicated coconut
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder ( do not roast)


  • This is a long list of ingredients, but well worth the effort.
  • Add a few drops of oil to a heavy wok and roast the spices till crisp on a mild heat
  • Some of these roast and burn fast like the coriander seeds and caraway seeds, others may take a bit longer to crisp up
  • Dry roast the coconut and add to the spice mix.
  • Top it with the turmeric powder and allow the ingredients to cool to room temperature.
  • Once they are cooled powder them into a fine blend.
    Kala masala
  • Store in moisture free airtight container for use.


You can do this blend totally without any coconut and then add coconut into the curry if needed as well. This helps to store the spice mix for a longer time.
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4 years ago

I love using this goda masala but never tried making it myself. I always take it from my mom, time I recreate it now.

4 years ago

This one masala is always on my mind to try out but was looking for a good recipe. Love the flavors of this masala.. will surely try make it with your fool proof recipe.

4 years ago

Wow how flavourful it is… Heard a lot about this Masala but got chance to try .. Loved the recipe. Sounds awesome . Lovely share

Vanitha Bhat
4 years ago

Very interesting to read your post dear! You have explained well the role of spices in our cooking and of course Goda masala, which is unique to Maharashtra is unknown to many in the country. Thanks for sharing this so that we can make it in our kitchen too 🙂

sasmita sahoo
4 years ago

Can you believe this is on my to-do list since a long, after seeing yours I should make it soon ;P Lovely share !

2 years ago
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I never tried to make masala myself every time my mother made it for me but after reading your article I can make it. Everything is explained so well, thanks for sharing.

2 years ago

Any ideas about a reliable source of stone flower on Amazon ?
Plenty are available in shops but so old there is no flavour left in them .

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