Goda masala is a coconut-based Indian spice mix that can be used in dishes for a twist from the usual. It's a bit labor intensive, but worth it. My version of this mix leaves out a few ingredients from the traditional mix because due to my aversion to certain flavors and inability to find some spices where I live. This mix gives a nice flavor to khichdi and other vegetable, rice, and dal dishes.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
20 mins
20 mins
55 mins
1 1/2 cups


Original recipe yields 72 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Toast the coconut, stirring constantly, until brown and fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Add sesame seeds to skillet and toast, stirring constantly, until browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Add to the coconut.

  • Warm 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil in the same skillet; add bay leaves and toast, flipping halfway, until browned on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and add to the bowl of coconut. Add another 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil; toast chiles until browned, about 3 minutes. Remove immediately and add to the bowl.

  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of oil to the skillet and toast cumin seeds until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add to the bowl. Repeat with coriander seeds. Break cinnamon stick into pieces and toast in the last 1/2 teaspoon of oil until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to the bowl. Repeat with cloves and black peppercorns.

  • Let toasted spices cool completely, at least 20 minutes. Transfer to a mortar and grind until fine. Add turmeric and stir to combine. Keep spice mix in an airtight container, in a dark cool cabinet, for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts

12 calories; protein 0.3g; carbohydrates 1.3g; fat 0.8g; sodium 3.1mg. Full Nutrition