Doodh Masala/ Milk Masala

As much as I love doing mega marathons, my challenges every six months surmount the previous ones...but this is something I enjoy as final post on dry powders is the popular masala doodh mixture. While it is just throwing in few nuts and spices, I make it protein packed mixing in some things on and off usually thus avoiding the regular sugar laden milk additions.

The masala doodh is a popular beverage even for popular functions in marathi households. Haldi kumkum was one such event where this is made and served. Since it is served hot I used to hate it as a kid, but now I make it along with my kid who helps me grind it as per his whims and fancies playing with different nuts.

The good part is when he prepares it , he does not let us drink it , and uses it up very fast.

Sandwich masala

Growing up I always complained to my mother that her sandwiches never had the punch which I found in the street side stall made sandwiches

Many years later one of the famous sandwich maker in santacruz (Mumbai) started selling his secret sauce the sandwich masala. To date I think nothing in the world matches the taste of his mixture.
I make some batch to last a few months quite often. We do not eat as much sandwiches but this masala works with almost anything...

I add it on top of parathas just before serving them topped with ghee . I also add them to chholes when in a mood to make a quick fix and want to avoid the usual routine onion tomato paste...

This is good to be sprinkled on salads and vegetables as tell me where else you think you can use this in your kitchen recipes.

My penultimate recipe for the cooking carnival will be this beautiful mixture to keep you happy on rush days..

Homemade magic masala - maggi style

I had first planned to post this recipe during BM#37. It has been on my todo list since such a long time.....

Maggi's magic masala comes in really handy to make some quick fixes like stir fried vegetables, spiced rice or soups. 

With most store bought stuff the challenge has been around the amount of preservatives they use and more importantly the usage of MSG aka ajinomoto. 

So as 3rd in series of dry masalas for quick fixes for kiddos...I am sharing this easy recipe.

Oregano Salt Garlic Powder - Pizza Topping (Dominos style)

For the second day of the last week of cooking carnival, I am sharing the easy recipe of oregano salt powder served with pizzas by Dominos.

My son came home telling me one day saying that he wants oregano bread for short recess.

My enthu led me to bake a whole bread with dried oregano flavor which he promptly rejected saying this is not "that". Our search for "that" oregano bread went on for many months - focaccia, bread butter with pizza mix, pizza bread, garlic bread sticks got made

Then one day...when i was roasting the pav bun for pav bhaji and little one strolled into the kitchen saying, dont roast....just apply butter and oregano. I did that and he did not like the taste. Then I sprinkled a packet of the dominos pizza topping which did not take me long to make this masala at home and he is now hooked to this...which will last for a year knowing his taurian traits.

Chai masala - Tea Masala powder

A sip of warm tea in any season spiced with a good dash of masala propels me through the challenges of the day. As much as I like the tea, I also like the masala chai.

Freshly ground masala at home is usually a culmination of leftover cardamom peels mixed with some more spices. Most tea brands are also bringing their own masala chai versions which is good as you are saved of mixing this and that but the cost of it is not worth the taste. I wont name brands here but being an ardent tea lover I have followed every new variant that comes to the market. 

I eventually settle down to regular black tea with my own added masala. 

For the final week of cooking carnival, I am sharing dry powders which you will almost always find in my kitchen round the year. These are few things that come handy when I have to deal during the rush morning hour. My kiddo loves tea once in a while, and I insist on giving him a light herbal tea infusion using the masala alone when he is under the weather....

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