Saturday, August 28, 2021

Kohlapuri Masala Powder

This is a dry masala powder and a popular one from Kohlapur, Maharashtra. This spice blend is aromatic with the spices in it and also has a nutty flavor with added coconut and sesame seeds. This is a spicy (heat!) powder and is amazing to just sprinkle in any veggie or paneer curry. 

Kohlapuri masala powder is easy to prepare. The spices needed are commonly used and are usually stocked in pantry. This spice blend can be made in 15 minutes. Gather the ingredients, dry roast, cool, and grind - all done! Cooling takes the longer time out of the fifteen minutes in total. Plus, this powder can be stored in freezer for upto 3 months. I always have a few of masala powders in my freezer to make cooking a breeze when time is a crunch.

Years back, I tasted Kohlapuri veggie curry in one of my Marathi friend's home. I tried using store-bought masala. They were close to what I had in her home but later got the recipe from her and love this blend. I add to veggie curries, usal, and paneer too. This spice powder is so tasty that it can be added when you cook no onion or no garlic meal.


Kopra slices - 1/2 cup
Dried red chilies - 8-10
Byadige chili - 4
Fenugreek - 1 tsp
Black pepper - 1 tsp
Fennel seeds - 1 tbsp
Cumin - 1 tbsp
Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
Mustard - 1 tbsp
Sesame seeds - 2 tbsp
Cloves - 6
Nutmeg powder - 1/8 tsp


Heat a pan and dry roast the red chilies till they become shiny. Set aside. In the same pan, dry roast the coconut slices and set aside. Add the rest of the ingredients and roast till sesame turns a little golden. Mustard seeds would start to splutter. Set aside to cool.

Add everything to blender along with nutmeg powder. Blend to smooth powder. 

Store in an air-tight container.


  1. Kphlapuri masala powder sounds so flavourful and is a good handy spice mix to make quick stir frys and curry.. wonderful share.

  2. Wow what an aromatic spice mix. Kohlapuri masala gives a wonderful flavor to the curry. Saving the recipe to try.

  3. Kolhapuri Masala sounds so aromatic. I am always on a look out for making spice mixes at home. Bookmarking this awesome recipe to make it at home . Love the spice kick it adds to the curries.

  4. Kolhapuri masala is certainly very aromatic and flavorful. The chillies and coconut from the masala give the curry or gravy such a classic and zanzanith taste ...

  5. Love this kolhapuri masala powder. It is fragrant and tastes good. Will make it soon.

  6. Kphlapuri masala powder !!! Wow, sounds so flavorful dear Radha .....Wonderful share of this spice powder.

  7. Kolhapuri masala powder sounds fiery hot, aromatic and oh so flavorful! Love the nutty flavor, coconut amd sesame seeds lend to the gravies and curries.

    1. Yes, it is an amazing masala that can brighten the curry. Thanks, Poonam!