Make Your Own Biryani Masala For
Authentic Indian Flavours and Aromas

If you're making a biryani from scratch then I recommend you make a homemade biryani masala mix! Super easy-to-make, the fabulous flavours that it'll add to your Indian dishes have to be tried to be believed! There are many variations; this one is fairly mild and complements chicken nicely. (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)

Note: This biryani powder uses quite a few whole ingredients. And whilst these give the best flavours, you can swap with pre-ground spices if that's what you have available. Just reduce the amount the recipe requires by half. So instead of 4 teaspoons of cumin seeds you would use 2 teaspoons of ground cumin. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

Homemade Biryani Masala Recipe

What You'll Need: (makes about 7-8 tablespoons)

3 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tbsp green cardamom pods
1 tbsp white peppercorns (or black)
1 tbsp fenugreek seeds
4 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp whole cloves
3 inch piece of cinnamon
8-10 dried bay leaves
4-5 mace blades
1-2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp galangal (optional)
1 tsp saffron strands (optional)

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Crumble the bay leaves and break up the cinnamon stick
  • Finely grind the cinnamon and bay along with the salt, mace, peppercorns, cloves, fenugreek, cumin, coriander and cardamom pods
  • Sieve into a bowl 
  • Stir in the ground garlic and onion, and if using, the galangal
  • If using, crumble in the saffron. Combine thoroughly

Store your masala powder in a cool place in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.

Toasting and Grinding Tips:

Note: You can dry toast the cardamom, cloves, coriander, cumin, peppercorns and fenugreek before grinding for even more flavours and aromas. 

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