Masala Powder - For the Authentic
Taste of Indian Cuisine at its Finest

To add the unique taste of India to your homemade curries and other dishes, then making your own masala powder is the key! This fairly potent of traditional spices will add fab, authentic flavours and sublime aromas to your lovingly prepared Indian dishes...

...And as it uses smoky black cardamom, it's good for your meaty recipes, particularly if cooking lamb or beef. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Homemade Masala Powder Recipe

What You'll Need: (makes about 8-9 tablespoons)

3 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp allspice berries
2 tsp ginger powder
2 tsp sumac (optional)
2 tsp whole cloves
2 tsp fennel seeds
1 x 3 inch cinnamon sticks
8-10 black/brown cardamom pods

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Break up the cinnamon
  • Crack open the cardamom pods and remove the seeds. Discard the husks
  • Grind the cinnamon and cardamom seeds along with the cumin, coriander, fennel, peppercorns, cloves and allspice berries
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Add the chili, ginger, garlic, and if using, the sumac. Combine thoroughly

Store your masala spice in an airtight container, in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before rustling a fresh amount.

Note: If you have a spare few minutes, and to extract even more flavours from the ingredients, you can dry toast the whole peppercorns, coriander, cumin, fennel, cloves and allspice before cooling, grinding and combining with the pre-ground ingredients. 

Click here for step-by-step tips and photos demonstrating how to toast and grind. (Link opens in new window)

Ingredient Note: If you have them available, use a few whole ingredients for this masala recipe as these will add the best flavours to your blend. However, if you only have pre-ground, use these and reduce the quantities the recipe requires by half. So, for 2 tablespoons of whole coriander you would use one tablespoon of pre-ground coriander. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other ground ingredients when making.

After Making Your Masala Powder You May Like to Try...

Tandoori Masala -
Capture the Unique
Taste of Northern India

A Potent Garam Masala 
For True Indian Flavours

Cooking Spice Collection
For Fabulous Home
Cooked Meals

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