East Indian Mumbai Masala

(26 customer reviews)

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East Indian Mumbai Masala is a blend of 53 ingredients!

Also known as East Indian Bottle Masala, this blend of spices is full of complex flavours and heady aromas.

If you want a full in your face curry powder, this is the one!

Description

East Indian Mumbai Masala, also know as Bottle Masala, hails from the Goa region of India.

History

Heavily influenced by The Portuguese settlers a Christian community, calling themselves East Indians, would make this masala or curry powder once a year. They would take spices and ingredients, dry them in the sun for several days and then grind in to a fine powder or Masala.

Different families would have their own closely guarded recipe compromising of 20 or even up to 60 different ingredients!

Once the Masala was made it was packed in to a dark coloured beer bottle and sealed. This protected the masala from the light and helped preserve the flavour and colour of the mixture. That’s where the name bottle masala came from!

East Indian Bottle Masala

What makes East Indian Mumbai Masala So special?

‘Ome Made East Indian Mumbai Masala contains 56 different ingredients. Sunshine is a bit unpredictable in the UK. So how do we get around this problem? We take the spices and sort them in to different groups, roast in a low oven for a specific time and until a certain temperature is reached. This means the spices are just beginning to release their precious oils.

They are then cooled and ground before being packed in a sealed, foil lined pouch. Providing this is kept out of direct sunlight, it’s as good as any bottle and a little bit more handy!

Chillies, Chillies & More Chillies!

Four different types of chilli go in to this Mumbai Masala.

  • The first is Kashmiri, prized for the colour it gives to food and its subtle, not spicy flavour.
  • Next is the Teja chilli. An Indian Chill which is a type of cayenne but hotter.
  • Then their is Birdseye chilli which gives a nice peppery heat.
  • Last up is the infamous Naga Chilli! Don’t fret though, there’s only a tiny amount so you won’t blow your head off. Saying that though this is not a mild masala.

There is heat to this curry powder but it’s a nice warming background heat. The more you use though, obviously the hotter your curry will be!

Not Just Any Old Pepper

As well as the multitude of other ingredients ‘Ome Made East Indian Mumbai Masala also contains eight different types of pepper! Although technically not all of them are true pepper.

They include highly prized Assam black pepper, Pondicherry black pepper and Tiger pepper.

There is also two types of Sichuan type pepper including a wild variety, Bhutan Lemon Pepper which grows in the mountains of Himalaya. And finally the highly flavoursome Cubeb pepper. This combination of pepper really does bring this masala to life with all the different flavour profiles.

East Indian Mumbai Masala

Herbs & Other Alluring Ingredients

This special Bottle Masala also contains black stone flower, a certain type of lichen, with a distinctive cinnamon flavour. The herb mugwort is in there as are cobra saffron seeds.

With all these special ingredients, you really do get a unique flavour from the masala.

‘Ome Made East Indian Mumbai Masala can be used as you would any other curry masala or curry powder. You could even use it instead of mix powder for your favourite B.I.R style curry to take the dish to new heights!

We recommend using 1 – 2 tsp per single portion. 1.5 tsp gives a heat level just a little less than a Madras in our opinion.

‘Ome Made East Indian Masala comes in a 60g or 125g resealable pouch.

Suitable for Vegetarians & Vegans

Allergy Advice: contains mustard, sesame and celery. May contain traces of nuts/peanuts/lupin/soya and gluten

East Indian Bottle Masala Curry

Bottle Masala Chicken

'Ome
An easy recipe using bottle masala or East Indian Mumbai Masala
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tbsp oil neutral such as sunflower, vegetable or rapeseed
  • 2 medium onions finely chopped
  • 5-6 fat garlic cloves finely chopped or grated
  • 1 inch cubed piece of fresh ginger finely chopped or grated
  • 520 g chicken thigh fillets each cut in to 3 or 4 pieces
  • 4-5 tsp East Indian Mumbai Masala East Indian Mumbai Masala - 'Ome Made Store
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree diluted with water to a thin paste
  • 400 g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp dried fenugreek leaf (Kasuri Methi)
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander finely chopped
  • 6-12 Green finger chillies (optional) split

Instructions
 

  • Gently heat the oil in a pan
  • Once the oil is hot add the onions, fry gently, stirring occasionally, until the onion are a deep golden brown colour
  • Add the garlic and ginger and fry for 30 seconds
  • Add the East Indian Mumbai Masala and cook very gently for 40 seconds. If it starts to stick, add a splash of hot water.
    East Indian Mumbai Masala
  • Pour in the diluted tomato puree, turn the heat up and reduce to a thick paste
  • Add the chicken to the pan. Stir to coat in the paste
  • Add the tin of tomatoes and stir in
  • Cover with a lid and cook gently for 20 minutes
  • After 20 minutes, take off the lid. Stir round. If the curry is a little to thick add some more water to the consistency you like.
  • Add the salt, sugar and fenugreek leaf. Cook for 10 minutes more, uncovered
  • Add the coriander leaf and chillies, if using. Cook for another 5 - 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.
  • Serve with plain rice and chapattis
Keyword Bottle Masala, Chicken Curry, East Indian, Mumbai Masala

Additional information

Weight 0.072 kg
Dimensions 12 × 8 × 2 cm
Size

125g, 60g

26 reviews for East Indian Mumbai Masala

4.9 Rating
1-5 of 26 reviews
  1. Super quick delivery,fantastic spices will definitely be back to order more

    • Thank you Colin!

  2. Excellent – highly recommend.

    • Thank you Grahame. I’m glad yo a re happy with your purchase and thank you for taking time to submit a review.

  3. Haven’t tried this one yet but if its anything like the other spices it will be great.

  4. 15 out of 10

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Q & A

DO you ship to the US? Reva Perkins asked on 25th June 2022

Hi Reva

Not generally no. Sorry.

'Ome answered on 26th June 2022 store manager
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