Yet another stunning curry from Khandesh….or should I say …Nashik( cause I learnt it here,from my Mom in Law)..my sasuraal!! I was surprised at the simplicity of the ingredients that create such a delicious recipe! A basic ground masala made with roasted onions,garlic and dry coconut ,makes the base of any kala masala rassa /curry , in basic khandeshi khana. And the most important ingredient, the glorious Kala Masala, that is made once a year in every Maratha household. Its a perfect blend of most of the spices, from cloves,cardamom to star anise and ofcourse , also uses roasted dry coconut or khopra , that gives it a dark brownish black colour, along with the other roasted spices. Hence the name kala masala. Normally , you get a readymade pack of measured amounts of whole spices from a specific shop ( we get it from “Dagadu Teli” a humble shop in old Nashik area) and simply roast the ingredients,one by one and grind them. But it takes lot of effort and time , but its worth it , especially , when you get to smell the appetizing aroma ,when the curry boils….I m hungry already thinking about it!!!