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Bafat Powder or Bafad Masala

Bafat Powder or Bafad Masala is the quintessential spice mix found in Mangalorean Christian homes. This spice mix can be used in vegetarian as well as non vegetarian dishes. One can find a lot of variations to the Bafat powder recipe. The recipe I followed is from The Tiffin Box. This recipe yields
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins


  • 10 - 15 chillies Dried red
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon Peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon Cloves
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Coriander seeds
  • 1 Star anise


  • Dry roast each of the ingredient separately till they turn brown in colour and aroma wafts in the air.
  • Allow to cool.
  • Grind all spices together to a fine powder.
  • Store in an airtight container in a dark, cool place.