Masala Spice Recipe - Add Traditional
Flavours to Your Asian Food

This homemade masala spice is a fairly hot, potent mix of ingredients. Quick and easy-to-make, this tasty blend is ideal for all your meaty Indian and Asian dishes. (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)

Note: For the best flavours, I often use whole spices when making a my Indian blends. If you only have the pre-ground powders available you can still use these for a tasty mix if you reduce the quantities in the recipe by half. So, if it says 2 tablespoons cumin seeds you would use 1 tablespoon ground cumin. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well.

Homemade Masala Spice Recipe

What You'll Need: (makes about 5-6 tablespoons)

3 tbsp coriander seeds (cilantro)
2 tbsp cumin seeds
8-10 black cardamom pods
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ajwain seeds
1 tsp cloves
1 x 3 inch piece of cinnamon

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Crack open the cardamom pods and remove the seeds. Discard the husks
  • Break up the cinnamon
  • Grind the cinnamon and cardamom seeds along with the peppercorns, coriander, cloves, ajwain, cumin and fennel
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Add the chili powder and stir thoroughly

Store your masala powder in an airtight container in a cool place. Use within 3 months.

Note: You can dry toast the cloves, coriander, cumin, peppercorns and ajwain before cooling and grinding. This will add even more flavours to your finished recipe and therefore your food.

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