Dahi bara masala and Kaccha Masala

ground spice mix powder in 2 jars along with whole red chilies, cumins seeds and coriander seeds displayed in 3 separate bowls

The beauty of Indian and Pakistani food are the aromatic spices that are tempered in oil to create an intense flavor that you still remember lonngg after finishing your food. Different spice blends are now easily available in the market which is great for us! But sometimes we still like to get down and make it our own way.

Dahi bara / dahi vada / dahi bhalla are a popular Indian Pakistani snack made of fried lentils dipped in yogurt. The dahi bara masala mix is popularly used to top off this particular recipe for a long time, but it has since then been used for many different purposes. So I am going to show you how you can easily make this spice mix at home in about 15 mins. Bonus: Another spice mix with the same ingredients.

I know it sounds like a lot of work, but I promiseee it won’t take you more than 15 mins and the payout is going to be amazing!

We are going to use the same three spices to create 2 types of spice mixes, one is the roasted one which is the Dahi bara masala and the other one is Kaccha masala.

Where can Kaccha masala be used?

  • Kachcha masala is used in lots of Pakistani style cooking areas. Since it is a raw masala, it is never used for garnish or directly, it is always used in the earlier stages of cooking.
  • It is a part of chapli kebab masala
  • It can be used for marinating chicken and beef etc.
  • Can also be used for marinating veggies before roasting. e.g. roasted potatoes and carrots
  • Try adding this to your chicken karhayi next time and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Where can you use Dahi bara masala (Dahi bhalla/Dahi vada)?

  • Obviously on top of dahi bareys to begin with
  • Use it as a substitute for Chaat Masala
  • Its also very commonly used on mix chickpea chaats
  • I sprinkle it on top of my Spicy potatoes
  • You can add it to your raitas as well (yogurt sauce)
  • You can sprinkle it on any time of roasted chicken or beef to make it extra spicy

What do you need to make Dahi bara masala and Kachcha Masala

So both the masalas have the exact same ingredients and the exact same ratios as well. The only difference is that Kachcha masala is raw and Dahi bara masala is roasted, that’s literally about it!

Cumin seeds, Coriander seeds and whole red chilies is all you need to make these spice mixes.

Kacchha masala or raw spice mix in a glass jar
Kachcha masala spice mix

For the kaccha masala you grind everything together in a food processor and put it in a jar. It’s going to be slightly lighter in color than the dahi bara masala.

Remember, this is raw spice so it can only be used in places where cooking is still left. for e.g curries and marinades etc.

Dahi Bara Masala

raw spices on a frying pan

Toss the same ingredients in a pan. At low flame roast these spices for 8 to 10 mins, stirring occasionally. When the color of the coriander seeds starts to turn brown, turn off the heat and allow the spices to cool down. Once cooled, grind it in a food processor! And you have your dahi bara masala! told you! 10 mins

Disclaimer: Just don’t rub your eyes after handling the spices, before washing your hands thoroughly. Don’t ask!

Dahi bara masala in a glass jar
Dahi bara masala

Store in a Jar and use wherever you like. Since this is a cooked version of the spice mix, you can use it as is, for on-top seasonings, sprinkling on your omelette etc.

How to store your masalas for longer shelf life

Both these spices can last indefinitely if kept in the right conditions.

  • Keep in room temperature away from direct sunlight or extreme heat (like not right next to the stove)
  • Use a glass jar to preserve your spices. Glass is inert and will not react with your spices, keeping them tasting fresh.
  • Use a jar with an airtight lid to prevent any moisture seeping into the spice mixes (moisture can lead to fungus etc)
  • If you are not going to use your spice mix regularly, put it in a zip lock bag and dump it in the freezer.
  • Assign a spoon for the spice mix which can stay inside the spice jar or use a dry spoon every time you use the spice.
  • These facts apply to practically every spice that you have at home.

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Dahi Bara Masala and Kaccha Masala Recipe

dahi bara masala and kaccha masala spice mix shown in 2 glass jars

Dahi bara masala & Kaccha Masala

Yield: 1 medium sized jar or 2 cups
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Two popular Indian/Pakistani spice mixes made from red chilies, cumin and coriander seeds.


  • 1/2 cup Cumin seeds (zeera)
  • 1 cup coriander seeds (saabit dhaniya)
  • 1 1/2 cup whole round dried red chilies (saabit laal mirch)



  1. Simply put everything in a food processor to get a coarse spice mix. Save in an airtight jar.
  2. You can use this spice mix for marination and curries etc.


  1. In a pan, add all the ingredients and roast them at low heat. Stir the contents of the pans occasionally to make sure all the seeds get evenly heated for about 6 to 7 mins.
  2. When the color of the coriander seeds change from mustard to a golden brown color, turn off the heat and allow the spices to cool down.
  3. Once cooled, use a food processor to grind the spices into a coarse spice mix. Preserve in an airtight jar.
  4. This is a roasted spice version so it can also be used for directly sprinkling on top of food and is most commonly used with dahi bareys
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 492Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 122mgCarbohydrates: 82gFiber: 42gSugar: 9gProtein: 22g

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1 year ago

Hello….someone has also added Amchoor and Tatri for more fast taste….it can also be added if needed

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