Poha Masala Powder Recipe

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Transform your culinary repertoire with the inviting aroma of homemade poha masala powder.

This carefully curated spice blend brings depth and warmth to your dishes, offering an authentic burst of flavor.

Join me on a step-by-step journey to create this versatile kitchen essential and uncover the secrets of perfect seasoning.

Explore the art of making poha masala powder, where each spice weaves a tale of culinary excellence.

Poha Masala Powder

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Learn the art of making poha masala powder with meticulous preparation steps, ensuring a burst of authentic flavor in every dish.
  • Store this homemade spice blend in an airtight container in a cool, dark place to preserve its freshness and aromatic essence.
  • Master the nuances of gentle roasting, spice combinations, and clever cumin seed twists with pro tips to enhance your poha masala powder.
  • Versatile Application: Beyond poha, explore the versatility of poha masala powder in various dishes, from breakfast favorites to savory snacks and robust curries.
  • Uncover the secret to homemade goodness by infusing your meals with the warm, rich, and balanced flavors of poha masala powder.

How to Make Poha Masala Powder? (Step by Step Guide with Images)

Step 1: Heat a frying pan on a low flame on your gas stove.

Heating a frying pan on a low flame

Step 2: Put 2 tbsp of fresh cumin seeds first in it.

Putting 2 tbsp of fresh cumin seeds first in it

Step 3: Along with it, add 2 tbsp of whole coriander seeds.

Adding 2 tbsp of whole coriander seeds

Step 4: Now, add 2 tbsp of fresh fennel seeds.

Adding 2 tbsp of fresh fennel seeds

Step 5: Then, add 2 sticks of cinnamon of about 1-inch in size. You may break them into small pieces, though I have not.

Adding 2 sticks of cinnamon of about 1-inch in size

Step 6: Stir the spices continuously to dry roast them on a low flame.

Stirring the spices continuously

Step 7: Check the color of the spices. When it turns slightly golden brown, stop stirring.

Checking the color of the spices

(Expert tip: Do not roast them much as that will affect the flavor. Just make sure that there is no moisture in them to enhance their shelf life).

Step 8: Now add about 15 pieces of cloves to the ingredients in the frying pan.

Adding about 15 pieces of cloves

Step 9: Follow it with ½ tbsp of black pepper.

Adding ½ tbsp of black pepper

Step 10: Now add 1 piece of black cardamom to the spices in the pan.

Adding 1 piece of black cardamom

Step 11: Then add 5 pieces of green cardamom.

Adding 5 pieces of green cardamom

Step 12: Follow it with 4 medium pieces of bay leaves. You may tear them in half.

Adding 4 medium pieces of bay leaves

Step 13: Then add 2 pieces of mace.

Adding 2 pieces of mace

Step 14: Now, stir the contents continuously for about a couple of minutes until they are roasted nicely and you smell the aroma of roasted spices. Check the color.

Aroma of roasted spices

Step 15: When done, turn the flame of your gas stove off and let the pan sit for a while so that the spices cool off completely.

Dry roasted spices cooling off

Step 16: Now, take a dry and clean grinder.

Clean grinder

Step 17: Transfer the roasted spices from the frying pan to the grinder.

Transfered the roasted spices from the frying pan to the grinder

Step 18: Now, to the spices in the grinder add 2 tbsp of fresh cumin speed that you kept aside before.

Adding 2 tbsp of fresh cumin speed

(Expert tip: This is my style. You may skip it if you want. However, this process will provide a distinct taste to the poha masala powder with the flavor of the roasted and fresh cumin seeds contributing to enhancing the taste and flavor individually).

Step 19: Finally, add ½ piece of nutmeg to the content in the grinder.

Adding ½ piece of nutmeg

Step 20: Now, grind the spices to a fine powder.

Grinding the spices to a fine powder

Step 21: Check the coarseness of the ground spices.

Checking the coarseness of the ground spices

(Expert tip: It is good to have it a bit coarse at this point because you will need to grind it later on as well).

Step 22: Now, it is time to add some powdered ingredients to the ground spices in the grinder. Start with 2 tbsp of dry red chili powder.

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Adding some powdered ingredients to the ground spices in the grinder

(Expert tip: You may add more or less quantity of dry red chili powder according to your preference for hotness in the masala powder).

Step 23: Follow it with ½ tsp of turmeric powder.

Adding ½ tsp of turmeric powder

Step 24: Then add 1 tsp of normal table salt and 1 tsp of black salt to the content in the grinder.

Adding 1 tsp of normal table salt and 1 tsp of black salt to the content in the grinder

(Expert tip: The amount of normal salt and black salt should be ideally the same. This enhances the taste and flavor of the masala powder at the same time).

Step 25: Then add 2 tsp of dry mango (amchur) powder to the content in the grinder. Finally, add ½ tsp of dry ginger powder, and 1/8 tsp of asafetida or just a pinch of it.

Adding 2 tsp of dry mango (amchur) powder, ½ tsp of dry ginger powder, and 1/8 tsp of asafetida or just a pinch of it

(Expert tip: Alter the amount of asafetida depending on the strength of it).

Step 26: Blend all of these powdered spices nicely.

Blending all of these powdered spices

Step 27: Finally, mix them with a spoon to get the right color of the poha masala powder.

Getting the right color of the poha masala powder

Step 28: Transfer the mixture to a plate. Your exquisite and exclusive poha masala powder is ready to be used.

Poha masala powder is ready

Pro Tips for Making Poha Masala Powder

Gentle Roasting: Dry roast the spices on a low flame to achieve a golden brown color without compromising the flavor. Avoid over-roasting to maintain the intended taste.

Spice Combination: Experiment with spice ratios to suit your taste. Adjust the quantity of dry red chili powder for desired spiciness.

Cumin Seed Twist: Consider adding reserved fresh cumin seeds during grinding for a unique flavor profile, enhancing the taste of the masala powder.

Coarse Grinding: Keep the ground spices slightly coarse initially, as there is another grinding step later. This ensures the right texture for the final powder.

Equal Salts: Maintain an equal balance between normal salt and black salt for enhanced taste and flavor in the masala powder.

Asafetida Adjustments: Adjust the amount of asafetida based on its strength, ensuring it complements the overall flavor without overpowering.

Poha Masala Powder Storing Tips

Airtight Container: Store your homemade poha masala powder in a tightly sealed, airtight container to prevent exposure to air and preserve its freshness.

Cool and Dark: Choose a cool, dark place in your kitchen for storage. Avoid placing the container near heat sources, as excessive heat can impact the flavor.

Dry Environment: Keep the storage area dry to prevent moisture from affecting the quality of the masala powder. Moisture can lead to clumping and a shorter shelf life.

Avoid Direct Sunlight: Shield the container from direct sunlight, as prolonged exposure can diminish the potency of the spices and alter the flavor profile.

Avoid Contamination: Use clean, dry spoons when scooping out the masala powder to prevent contamination. Reseal the container promptly after use.

How Does Poha Masala Powder Taste?

Warm and Aromatic: The blend of carefully roasted spices imparts a warmth to the masala powder, creating a comforting and inviting flavor profile.

Rich and Complex: The combination of cumin, coriander, and other spices contributes to a richness in taste, offering a depth and complexity that elevates the overall flavor of your dishes.

Balanced Spiciness: The inclusion of red chili powder provides a balanced spiciness, ensuring a subtle kick without overwhelming the palate.

Earthy Undertones: The use of cinnamon, cloves, and other spices introduces earthy undertones, adding a grounded and natural element to the masala powder.

Hint of Citrus: The inclusion of dry mango (amchur) powder brings a hint of citrus, enhancing the overall flavor profile with a refreshing and zesty note.

Slight Sweetness: The nutmeg contributes a slight sweetness, complementing the other spices and creating a harmonious balance in taste.

Umami Depth: The combination of black cardamom and black salt adds an umami depth, providing a savory and satisfying undertone to the masala powder.

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Poha Masala Powder Alternatives

Garam Masala Powder: A classic Indian spice blend, garam masala, offers a warm and aromatic flavor profile. Use it as a substitute for poha masala powder as you may do with various other dishes, adding a touch of traditional Indian taste.

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Chaat Masala Powder: Known for its tangy and slightly spicy notes, chaat masala can be an excellent alternative. It brings a unique zing to the dish.

Pav Bhaji Masala Powder: This spice blend is commonly used in the preparation of a popular Indian street food dish called Pav Bhaji. It offers a flavorful mix of spices that can complement a variety of dishes.

Pickle Masala Powder: If you prefer a tangy and spicy kick, pickle masala powder can be a good substitute for poha masala powder. It adds a unique flavor, reminiscent of Indian pickles, to your dishes.

Jeera Powder (Cumin Powder): Cumin is a key ingredient in many spice blends, including poha masala powder. If you run out of your poha masala powder, using cumin powder can provide a warm and earthy flavor to the dish.

Coriander Powder: Similarly, ground coriander, another essential spice in Indian cooking, will add a citrusy and slightly sweet flavor, making it a versatile substitute for poha masala powder.

What Dishes Can Poha Masala Powder be Used in?

Poha: Elevate the flavor of your traditional poha dish by incorporating poha masala powder. The blend of spices will enhance the overall taste of this popular breakfast or snack.

Vegetable Pulao: Add a sprinkle of poha masala powder to enhance the aroma and flavor of your vegetable pulao, bringing a delightful depth to the rice and vegetables.

Khichdi: Transform your simple khichdi into a flavorsome dish by incorporating poha masala powder. The spices will complement the lentils and rice, creating a comforting and satisfying meal.

Upma: Infuse your breakfast upma with poha masala powder to elevate its taste. The spices will add a burst of warmth and complexity to this traditional Indian semolina dish.

Curries and Gravies: Use poha masala powder as a secret ingredient in various curries and gravies. It adds a unique blend of spices that can complement both vegetarian and non-vegetarian preparations.

Snacks and Chaats: Sprinkle Poha Masala Powder on your favorite Indian snacks and chaats for an extra kick of flavor. It works well with samosas, chaat, and other street food delights.

Stir-Fried Vegetables: Add a pinch of poha masala powder when stir-frying vegetables for a distinctive Indian touch. It enhances the overall taste, making your vegetable stir-fry more exciting.

Raita: Elevate the flavor of your yogurt-based raita by incorporating poha masala powder. It adds a subtle spiciness and depth that pairs well with the cooling effect of yogurt.

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Poha Masala Powder

By Mita Mondal
Poha masala powder is a special mix of spices that adds amazing flavors to your cooking. It's made by roasting and blending various spices like cumin, coriander, and cardamom.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Condiments
Cuisine Indian
Servings 15
Calories 21 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp Coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp Fennel seeds
  • 2 pieces Cinnamon sticks 1-inch size
  • 15 pieces Cloves
  • ½ tbsp Black pepper
  • 1 piece Black cardamom
  • 5 pieces Green cardamom
  • 4 pieces Bay leaves medium
  • 2 pieces Mace
  • ½ piece Nutmeg

For Final Blending

  • 2 tbsp Cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp Red chili powder
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Table salt
  • 1 tsp Black salt
  • 2 tsp Dry mango powder (amchur powder)
  • ½ tsp Dry ginger powder
  • tsp Asafetida (a pinch)

Instructions
 

  • Preparation: Heat a frying pan over low flame on your gas stove.
  • Roasting Spices: Add 2 tbsp cumin seeds, 2 tbsp coriander seeds, 2 tbsp fennel seeds, and 2 sticks of cinnamon (1-inch size) into the pan. Stir continuously to dry roast them until they turn slightly golden brown.
  • Adding Spices: Include 15 cloves, ½ tbsp black pepper, 1 piece of black cardamom, 5 pieces of green cardamom, 4 bay leaves (tear them in half), and 2 pieces of mace. Stir for a couple of minutes until nicely roasted and aromatic.
  • Cooling: Turn off the stove and let the spices cool in the pan.
  • Grinding: Transfer the roasted spices to a clean, dry grinder. Add 2 tbsp reserved fresh cumin seeds and ½ piece of nutmeg. Grind into a fine powder. The texture can be slightly coarse at this stage.
  • Adding Powdered Ingredients: To the ground spices, add 2 tbsp dry red chili powder (adjust to your preferred heat level), ½ tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp table salt, 1 tsp black salt (maintain equal amounts), 2 tsp dry mango (amchur) powder, ½ tsp dry ginger powder, and a pinch of asafetida. Blend the powdered spices thoroughly.
  • Final Touch: Mix the powdered spices well with a spoon to achieve the desired color and consistency of the poha masala powder.
  • Finishing: Transfer the mixture to a plate. Your homemade and flavorful poha masala powder is now ready to be used in your dishes!
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Notes

Spice Variation: Adjust the quantity of spices to suit personal taste preferences. Experiment with proportions to achieve the desired flavor profile, keeping in mind the individual intensity of each spice.
Roasting Technique: Dry roast the spices on low heat, ensuring even heating and preventing burning. Avoid prolonged roasting as it may result in a bitter taste. The goal is to lightly toast the spices to enhance their aroma and flavor.
Cooling Period: Let the roasted spices cool completely before grinding. Grinding warm or hot spices can lead to moisture build-up, affecting the texture and shelf life of the powder.
Grinding Consistency: Aim for a fine powder texture while grinding. However, a slightly coarse texture is acceptable in the initial grind, as further grinding will occur when adding powdered ingredients.
Powdered Ingredients: The powdered elements like red chili powder, turmeric, salts, dry mango powder, dry ginger powder, and asafetida should be of good quality and added gradually to ensure a balanced blend of flavors.
Asafetida Adjustment: Asafetida's strength varies among brands. Adjust the quantity accordingly, starting with a small amount and increasing gradually to suit personal taste preferences.
Storage Conditions: Store the prepared poha masala powder in an airtight container in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Ensure the container is tightly sealed after each use to retain freshness and aroma.
Shelf Life: Properly stored, homemade poha masala powder maintains its flavor for several months. However, regular usage ensures the spices stay potent. Check for any signs of moisture or clumping, indicating a decrease in shelf life.
Versatile Usage: Apart from its traditional use in poha, explore the diverse applications of poha masala powder in various dishes. Experiment with its addition to curries, snacks, rice preparations, and even yogurt-based recipes for a unique flavor boost.
Consistency Check: Periodically check the stored poha masala powder for any changes in aroma, taste, or color. Freshness and proper storage are key to retaining its potency and flavor.

Nutrition Info (Estimation Only)

Nutrition Facts
Poha Masala Powder
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
21
Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.1
g
1
%
Trans Fat
 
0.003
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.4
g
Sodium
 
399
mg
17
%
Potassium
 
77
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
4
g
1
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
 
0.2
g
0
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
120
IU
2
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
43
mg
4
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Conclusion

Incorporate the magic of homemade poha masala powder to transform your dishes with authentic Indian flavors.

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From breakfast classics to savory snacks, unlock a world of culinary delight with this versatile spice blend.

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