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Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Homemade Tandoori Masala Recipe

This homemade Tandoori Masala powder is an aromatic and flavorful spice blend used to prepare Tandoori and Tikka dishes. Made by roasting and pounding a few whole spices and herbs, this tandoori masala powder is very versatile and can be used in a variety of veg (paneer, vegetables, mushrooms) and non-veg dishes ( meat). This Homemade Tandoori masala powder is preservative free, artificial color free, vegan, gluten-free and onion-garlic free.


Why Homemade?

Nothing can beat the aroma and flavor of fresh homemade spice mixes. Homemade Tandoori masala powder is easy to make, requires very few spices and herbs and can be used in a variety of veg and non-veg grilled preparations. This Tandoori masala powder will add a wonderful smokey flavor, aroma to your BBQ dishes. Moreover, homemade spice mixes are hygienically made using best quality spices, are easy on your pocket and far more better than the preservative and artificial color and flavor laden store bought ones.

How to make Homemade Tandoori Masala Powder?

Making homemade spice blend can't get easy than this one. All you need is to dry roast the whole spices on low flame so that the spices release their aromatic essential oils. Allow the spices and herbs to cool down completely and then pounding or grinding the roasted spices and herbs to a powder. That's all your aromatic and flavorful homemade tandoori masala is ready to use.

Shelf Life:

If handled properly, this homemade tandoori masala powder stays good at room temperature in an air-tight container for a couple of months. I prefer to make a small batch so that it remains fresh without loosing the flavors and aroma.

Dietary Notes: This homemade Tandoor Masala Powder is
  • Fresh, Aromatic and Flavorful
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Oil-free
  • No-Onion No-Garlic
  • Easy to make
  • Preservative free
  • Artificial color free

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 5-7 minutes
Serves: 1/2 cup Tandoori masala Powder

  • 5-7 dried Kashmiri red chilies
  • 1/4 cup coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoon kasuri methi
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 2-3 inch long Cinnamon sticks
  • 5-7 green cardamom pods
  • 1 black cardamom pod
  • 2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon clove
  • 1 nutmeg
  • 2 pieces of mace
  • 1 teaspoon dry ginger powder

  1. Dry roast the coriander seeds in a pan on low to medium heat for around 2 minutes.
  2. Add cumin seeds to the same pan and dry roast for few seconds. Keep stirring to ensure the spices do not burn. Roast the spices on low flame.
  3. Next, add black pepper corns, clove, cinnamon, cardamom , nutmeg, and  mace and roast for around 1-2 minutes on low flame.
  4. Add dry red chilies and dry roast them also along with other spices for another 1 minute.
  5. Put off the flame and add kasuri methi/ dried Fenugreek leaves . The leaves will get roasted in the hot pan. 
  6. Remove the roasted spices on to a plate and allow it to cool down completely.
  7. Transfer the roasted spices and herbs to a grinder jar . Add dry ginger powder to it .
  8. Blend the spices and herbs to a fine powder.
  9. You may sieve the powder if you wish.
  10. Store the homemade Tandoori masala powder in an air- tight container and use as per need.

Recipe Notes:
  • Use fresh and good quality spices for best results.
  • Always dry roast the spices on low flame and keep stirring intermittently to ensure the spices do not burn.
  • Always grind the roasted spices only upon completely cooking.
  • Store the homemade tandoori masala powder in a clean dry air-tight container.
  • Use a dry clean spoon to sample the spice powder.
  • You may sieve the masala powder if you wish to.

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  1. Homemade Tandoori masala sounds such an wonderful idea for homemade tandoori snacks..I too prefer homemade fresh spices in my cooking.. I am going to try this soon and will let your know.

  2. Sounds highly aromatic and yes homemade powders lend a great flavor. I would love to try this spice mix.

  3. Tandoori masala sounds perfectly aromatic. Very useful recipe. We can store this spice mix for easy using. I would love to try it soon.

  4. Home made Tandoori masala looks fabulous. I can’t wait to try this aromatic spice mix at home . My boys love tandoori dishes and they will be more than happy to see me making this spice mix at home .

  5. Tandoori masala looks so fresh and aromatic . Can't wait to try this at home and make a yummy paneer curry with this going into the marinade

  6. Homemade masalas are flavoursome and aromatic. Loved this tandoori masala, it eases the cooking process.

  7. homemade Tandoori Masala powder is a must at my place poonam. Such a handy masala when ever in hurry to make any tandoori dish..

  8. Homemade Tandoori masala is flavorful and a must have condiment. Loved your detailed post on it. My son is a big fan of Tandoori Masala.