Make Your Own Biryani Masala Powder For
Authentic Indian Flavours and Aromas

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

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

2 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp green cardamom pods
1 tbsp white peppercorns (or black)
4 tsp coriander seeds
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp whole cloves
3 inch piece of cinnamon
6 dried bay leaves
2-3 mace blades
2 tsp caraway seeds
2 tsp salt 

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Crumble the bay leaves and break up the cinnamon stick
  • Finely grind the cinnamon and bay pieces along with the salt, cardamom pods, mace blades, peppercorns, cloves, caraway, cumin and coriander seeds 
  • Once ground, add to a bowl
  • Finally, add the garlic and chili powders to the bowl. Combine thoroughly

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

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

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Ingredient 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 coriander seeds you would use 2 teaspoons of pre-ground coriander
. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

A Step-by-Step Instructional Video

Here's a video of how I made a version of the above biryani masala mix. The ingredients may be slightly different but the process is exactly the same. If you enjoyed it, you can click the subscribe button in the bottom right corner in the video, OR click the subscribe link below the video...

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Why You Should Make Your Own Indian Food Seasonings

Biryani MasalaHomemade Biryani Masala Powder

Of course it's convenient to pop to the store and pick up a jar of commercially made powder; but if tastier, healthier dishes are your aim here's why I recommend you do it yourself...

  • Tons more flavour than store-bought brands. This extra flavour will therefore enhance your home cooking
  • You have control over what is added. Not keen on a certain ingredient? Leave it out or just use another (There are various websites that have detailed info about substituting ingredients)
  • Mass manufactured blends may contain filler ingredients to bulk them up: processed salt, cheap chili powder and husks etc
  • It's unlikely there is will be a date showing when it was made. It may have been sitting on the store shelf for years, slowly losing flavour! Not an issue when you make them yourself
  • No artificial colours, additives or preservatives. And, If you're able to source organic herbs and spices, your biryani masala will be free of pesticides and GMO's!

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