Recipe For Masala Powder - Add Fab Flavours,
Colours and Aromas to Your Indian Cooking

If you're after an authentic taste of India, then creating a homemade recipe for masala is a must! Super easy-to-make, it uses a blend of traditional whole and ground spices and can be put together in just minutes. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: Use as many whole spices as possible if you have them available as these will add the best flavours. If it's more convenient, you can use pre-ground powders and reduce the amount the recipe requires by half. For example, for 3 tablespoons of whole coriander you would use 4 teaspoons of pre-ground coriander. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well.

Homemade Recipe For Masala Powder

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

3 tbsp coriander seeds (cilantro)
3 tbsp cumin seeds
4 tsp green cardamom pods
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp fennel seeds
2 tsp ginger powder
2 tsp cloves
2 tsp caraway seeds
6 mace blades

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Grind the cardamom pods, mace, coriander, fennel, cumin, caraway, cloves and peppercorns
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Stir in the ground cinnamon, chili and ginger

Store your masala recipe in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.

Note: As you've gone to the effort of making your own masala mix, you can take it a step further by dry toasting the whole ingredients before grinding. Read more about this highly recommended, quick and easy cooking technique. (Link opens in new window)

Links to a Few Other Seasonings You May Like to Try

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Sweet and Sour

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Flavours For 
Home Cooked Food

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