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Kadhai means Wok ! Kadhai Masala means Spice mix for kadhai or wok.
Kadhai dishes like Kadhai Paneer, Kadhai Mushroom, Kadhai Chicken etc are some very popular dishes to order when you go to an Indian restaurant.
Kadhai dishes are prepared in some robust mix of spices which are coarsely ground and then added to the dish for that mouthful peppery and firey flavors. The Kadhai or Wok dishes are not curries but are moderately curried, more on drier side which we call lipatwa in Hindi, which means hugged tight;). The curry is thick and coats the big pieces of vegetables or meat along with spice :). Made some Kadhai Paneer, which I will bring for FF#27 soon!
Now the recipe. This is a keeper, I promise :).
Some other spice blends from blog are – Fasting Spice Mix , Chaat Masala , Chai Masala , Taco seasoning and more.
Kitchen Equipments Required : a heavy bottom steel or hard anodized pan, spice / dry ingredient / coffee grinder, a jar with a tight lid, spatula
- Coriander seeds : 4 tbsp
- Cumin seeds : 1 tbsp
- Black pepper corn : 1/2 tsp
- Cloves : 1/2 tsp
- Dry Red Kashmiri chillies or Degi Mirch : 3 to 4. You may use 1 tsp of fancy paprika too.
- Bay leaf : 2 small or 1 big
- Cinnamon stick : 1 inch small
- Black cardamom : 1
- Dry roast all the ingredients together in the pan, on lower to medium flame till you get a nice aroma. Don't burn them.
- Cool the spices to room temperature.
- Ground them coarse in the grinder. Don't make a fine powder. If you can, grind them in pestle and morsel. That is the trick to this pice mix that it is not supposed to be fine.
- Store in an air tight jar. Good for 2-3 months.
Suggestion to use
- You may use it with anything as a spice mix, not necessarily Kadhai dishes only. I have added it to khichdi (rice and lentil mash) and topped few other dishes too.
Let me know if you try this!
Similar to what I make except I use hot chillies too with kashmiri and pinch of hing…but this looks awesome!thank you
I made this and it is awesome with my curries, Sonal. I will post about it soon, with a link back to your recipe (of course).
I am so happy that you liked it Apsara :).
Sonal, you’re right. It’s a keeper. Can’t wait to mix this together and add it to my masala dabba! 🙂
Let me know how it works out for you. I add it to
My Indian flat breads too :).
Sonal, this spice mix recipe looks great. I also enjoy taking out my wok from time to time. Except for the cardamom, all the ingredients are very common in Mexican cooking. Perhaps there is a comparable dry Mexican chile I can use. I always learn something new from your posts!
Another lovely mix :)))
I am hooked to making masalas at home since I started making the sambar masala. Thanks for sharing this 🙂
Your home made ground spices are perfect Sonal 🙂
Love how you make your own spice mix <3
How nice to make fresh ground spices at home. …lovely sonal. …thanx for this recipe…..
Awww. Here’s another one I’ll have to make Sonal. Looks like a spice hunt is in order for a few of these items… Dry Red Kashmiri chillies or Degi Mirch & “black” cardamom. 🙂
You know that fancy paprika can be used in place of degi not kashmiri mirch. And green cardamoms can replace black cardamom in case you don’t find any :).
I love how you make your own spice mixes Sonal! I need to get on this bandwagon soon 🙂
You will never buy masalas from outside ever once you start ;).
I have to start making masalas at home…As always you inspire me! 🙂
Likewise D Likewise :).
I love that you share your awesome Spice mixes Sonal! You rock! Going to save this for sure!
Muaah Lori :).
Love the spices you’ve been posting, Sonal. I’m not very familiar with Indian spice mixes so it’s fun to see what’s in them. Looking forward to that recipe so I can see what you did with it!
Ngan :). Just posted the recipe :).
It seems you’re becoming the spice-meister around here. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the compliment :).
Now I have two spice mixes to make, I ordered the mango powder so I can make the first one exactly as you did. Love this one too.
Thanks Suzanne! This one is so versatile too like Zaatar :).