Chat Masala

Homemade Seasoning Blends

Sometimes great recipes come as the result of a kitchen faux pas.  This is a case in point.

A few years ago I tried a new recipe for an Indian dish that looked really promising.  It turned out to be a complete flop.  Except for the spice mix that came with it!  I realized after the fact that I had measured the spice ingredients incorrectly, but the result is something that has been on our kitchen table everyday since!  We put it on almost everything!  I even have a “no pepper added” version for our youngest who has a very low tolerance for spiciness.

In India, there are a number of spice mixes that are as individual as each family.  Curry would be one example, and chat or garam masala would be another.  Masala means “spice mix”.  I am really proud of this “mixtake.”  We even once had an Indian family over for dinner and the wife asked me for the recipe!  Now, that’s a compliment!

By the way, I highly recommend and Mountain Rose Herbs for spices.  More on that at a later date.


This dish a “must have topper” for my Most Requested Recipe – Pakistani Beef Curry (w/ vegan option).  I guarantee that you’ll love it!

I used to purchase ground spices but over the past year have graduated to grinding my own coriander and cumin.  The flavor is so much better and you can purchase your spices in bulk and save money without worrying about your spices losing flavor!

Some related “spicy” posts:

- Homemade Seasoning Mixes

- Homemade Taco Seasoning

- Homemade Vegetable Broth / All-Purpose Seasoning

How about you?  Do you have a favorite spice mix or one you would like me to “create”?

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