Kadhai masala powder is totally different from garam masala. It contains fewer ingredients. We have used whole spices that are strong in flavour. If you look closely our kadhai masala doesn’t contain spices that give aroma. For example, fennel seeds, nutmeg, cardamom, etc. In short, our kadhai masala is minimalist and quick to make things.

On the other hand, garam masala powder contains a variety of ingredients. These varieties of ingredients make your garam masala hot in taste. Not only this but it also adds fragrance to the garam masala which further adds to the recipe. A step further, garam masala has a wide variety when it comes to application.

For example, non-veg items, pulav, biryani, paneer and vegetarian dishes. Not only this but it can be used for starters too like paneer tikka, hariyali paneer tikka, etc.

List of DIY Indian Masala Powders

The following powdered masalas are spicy, hot and aromatic. They can be easily substituted with either of them. Click on the link to see their individual recipe details.

I would like you to browse the above-listed recipe links. Kolhapuri Masala is one of my favourites. Let me know in the comments which one is yours.

Storing Kadhai Masala Powder

Indian masala powders are free from artificial flavours, colours, additives and preservatives. The same applies to our kadhai masala. It is 100% natural and homemade. Therefore, to maintain its natural flavour store it in a glass container with a tight lid.

Make sure it is not exposed to direct heat, sunlight or moisture. Also, make sure you close the lid tightly after using it. I follow the same and you can do it as well for longer shelf life. I suggest not using plastic containers.


Is kadhai masala spicy or hot?

It is both mildly spicy and hot because of black pepper and dry red chillies. Adjust the quantity of these two items to increase or decrease the intensity.

What’s the substitute for kadhai masala?

Garam masala is an excellent substitute. However, you can also use achari masala, kolhapuri masala or madras curry powder.

Where else can I use this kadhai masala?

Apart from the kadhai paneer, you can use it in the veg recipe and paneer dishes too. On the contrary, you can’t use it in non-veg recipes because there are a lot of essential spices that are missing.

Can I store this kadhai masala for 1 year?

Yes, you can store this masala powder for one year provided you store it in the freezer. In the refrigerator, it will stay fresh for approx 6 months. At room temperature for 3-4 months.