The Deshi Ghaati Masala is a potent red chilli spice blend with origins in the Western Ghats. Used in curry and vegetable, it is a universal masala for a people who have learnt to do plenty with little. The Gavran Kombdi Rassa (village-style chicken curry) comes alive with a spoonful, and it’s also used ready-to-eat alongside Vada Pav or Batata Bhaji.
Named after the ghaats or the Sahyadris, a north west mountain range that runs alongside the Deccan Plateau, the Deshi Ghaati Masala represents through its earthy flavour the strong link that the people of Paschim Maharashtra or Desh have with their land. The region – which became the seat of the Maratha empire under Chhatrapati Shivaji in the 17th century – experiences unforgiving summers and severe winters, testing its residents' indomitable spirit a little more each season.
About The Seller
Based out of Pune, Santkrupa SHG is a second-generation women-run family business that had its reigns pass down from mother-in-law to daughter-in-law. Set up with an intention to upskill and empower marginalised women, Smita Vishal Yadav runs a happy ship with 50 female employees, many of whom have been with the business for over 10 years. Producing a range of spices, chutneys and snacks, all from the freshest seasonal ingredients, the women of Santkrupa are bound by a sense of ownership and flourish in a workplace environment that fosters growth. The astonishing variety of products they make reiterate the axiom that goodness can truly come in all flavours – honestly spicy to sincerely sweet!