Zilli's Bengali Bhaja Masala: A Flavorful Delight Created through the Pounding Technique


Bengali cuisine is renowned for its rich and aromatic spices, and one such flavorful blend is Zilli's Bengali Bhaja Masala. This unique spice mix is prepared using the traditional pounding technique, which preserves the natural flavors of the ingredients - cumin, coriander, and fennel seeds. Bhaja Masala not only adds a burst of taste and fragrance to various dishes but also carries the essence of authentic Bengali culinary heritage. In this blog, we'll explore the uses of Bhaja Masala and present some mouthwatering recipes incorporating this delightful spice blend.

The Pounding Technique: Unlocking Authentic Flavors

The art of making Bhaja Masala lies in the pounding technique. Instead of using pre-ground spices, the traditional method involves pounding whole cumin, coriander, and fennel seeds together using a mortar and pestle. This process retains the essential oils of the spices, enhancing the overall flavor and aroma of the blend. The end result is a coarse, fragrant spice mix that enhances the taste of various Bengali dishes.

Uses of Bhaja Masala

  1. Flavorful Seasoning: Bhaja Masala serves as a versatile seasoning, enriching the taste of vegetable stir-fries, curries, and lentil preparations. Its warm and earthy profile imparts a distinctive touch to everyday meals.

  2. Sprinkle for Snacks: Sprinkle a pinch of Bhaja Masala on snacks like fried fritters (bora), puffed rice (muri), or boiled chickpeas (chana) to elevate their flavors and make them even more delightful.

  3. Marinades: Create delectable marinades for meats, fish, or paneer (cottage cheese) by blending Bhaja Masala with yogurt and other spices. Let the ingredients infuse together before grilling or roasting, resulting in tender and aromatic dishes.

  4. Rice and Pulao: Enhance the taste of simple steamed rice or elaborate biryanis and pulaos by adding Bhaja Masala to the cooking water or sprinkling it over the top before serving.

Bhaja Masala Recipes

  1. Aloo Bhaja (Fried Potatoes) with Bhaja Masala
  • Ingredients:
  • Instructions:
    • Heat oil in a pan for deep-frying. Fry the potato slices until golden and crisp. Remove them from the oil and drain excess oil on a paper towel.
    • In a mixing bowl, toss the fried potatoes with Bhaja Masala and salt, ensuring they are evenly coated.
    • Serve hot as a side dish or snack.


2.  Bhaja Masala Vegetable Stir-Fry

  • Ingredients:
    • Assorted vegetables (carrots, beans, bell peppers, cauliflower, etc.), cut into strips
    • 1 teaspoon Zilli's Bengali Bhaja Masala
    • 1 tablespoon oil
    • Salt to taste
  • Instructions:
    1. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the vegetables and stir-fry until they are cooked yet retain their crunchiness.
    2. Sprinkle Bhaja Masala and salt over the vegetables. Toss well to coat evenly.
    3. Serve the vegetable stir-fry as a delicious accompaniment to rice or roti.


Zilli's Bengali Bhaja Masala, crafted using the traditional pounding technique, brings the authentic flavors of Bengal to your kitchen. Its blend of cumin, coriander, and fennel seeds creates a captivating symphony of tastes and aromas that enhance a variety of dishes. From simple stir-fries to exotic biryanis, this spice mix adds a touch of magic to every meal. So, why not embark on a culinary adventure and savor the rich flavors of Bengal with Zilli's Bhaja Masala today!

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