Homemade Tandoori Masala

Homemade Tandoori Masala

Nothing can beat a homemade spice mix. No preservatives and WONDERFUL taste!! I know some of you are thinking why bother to make homemade when we can find one in store. Well the answer is simple – IT’S HOMEMADE and Fresh, without additives just the way you like it!!

It just takes under 15 minutes (14.36 minutes to be more precise 🙂 ) to make a big batch of your very own seasoning, and you can recreate many of those flavors at home without worrying about all the extras (preservatives) added to a spice mix and above all the flavor is so much richer. 

Prepared with all the basic spices that are available and ready to go in your pantry (leaving out a few). After grinding all the spices to their powdered form dry roast them and as they start emitting their aroma take it off the flame and allow the spice mixture to cool down completely.This homemade version can easily be made in bulk and stored in an airtight glass jar.

Homemade Tandoori Masala powder

INGREDIENTS- MAKES APPX. 1 CUP OF TANDOORI MASALA

  • 2 teaspoon Ginger powder
  • 2 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dry Red food color or dry beetroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon Kasthoori methi or Fenugreek seeds
  • 2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon Cloves
  • 2 teaspoon Mace
  • 3 tablespoon Cumin seeds
  • 4 tablespoon Coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoon Black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoon Black cardamom
  • 2 teaspoon Green Cardamom
  • Salt to taste

Homemade Tandoori Masala

METHOD

  1. Leaving the top 4 ingredients (all powdered spices- ginger powder, garlic powder, red food color, nutmeg powder) combine all the solid ingredients and toss them in a grinder and grind them to a powdered form – Very fine. 
  2. Sieve it through a strainer. 
  3. Heat a kadhai on low flame, combine the above mentioned dry spices along with freshly grounded spices and dry roast all the spices for 2 minutes on low flame. Once they start emitting their aroma take it off the flame.
  4. Allow it to cool down completely and store it in an airtight container.

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YOUR VERY OWN HOMEMADE TANDOORI MASALA IS READY. STORE IT IN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER FOR FUTURE USE. USE IT TO FLAVOR PANEER TIKKA, CHICKEN KEBABS AND OTHER MAKHANI GRAVIES. 

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16 Responses

  1. Jasbir Singh says:

    I think 4 Tablespoon of dry red food colour is too much for 1 1/2 cup of prepared tandoori masala

  2. Carol Ann says:

    Why is food coloring an additive? What is the food coloring made of? I am excited to make this mix.

    • Ruchi says:

      Thanks for stopping by Carol! Glad you liked the recipe. Sometimes color additives are added in food color to attain a deep red color. But, if you are looking for a natural food color try beetroot powder and it words great. Lately, I have been using beetroot powder in my tandoori recipes and it gives a wonderful color to my dishes. Hope that answers your query!

  3. sangeeta says:

    Really homemade masala is very testy

  4. Janell says:

    Finally I have my hands on homemade Tandoori masala. Wonderful way of explaining and I second your thought nothing can beat a homemade stuff. You are my cooking star Ruchi. I love tandoori specialties but have no access to tandoori masala. You are my savior.Thanks

  5. Sabrina says:

    I have no Indian store in my province which sells tandoori masalee. Printed a list from your website, assembled all the raw ingredients and made my very own masalee for the first time.Loving it. Thanks!!

  6. Minky says:

    No struggle in finding a tandoori masala now, I have it with me all homemade and no additives. Kudos to you and all your hard work.

  7. Suzanna says:

    Hey Ruchi,

    We don’t get Tandoori Masala here in Venice Indian store. Prepared it today with almost all the masala and it smells exactly like the original one. Can’t wait to try your tandoori chicken recipe.

    Thanxs
    Suzanna

  8. Mitzi says:

    We don’t get Tandoori masala in our Indian store in Paris, so I followed your recipe to the T and got great results. Thanks looking for garam masala recipe can you post that soon.

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