Who doesn’t love anything tandoori, and with this spice blend, you can spice up your favorite veggies, meats, paneer, and tofu. Homemade tandoori masala is vibrant red, smoky, and spicy.
Tandoori Masala Recipe

Quick Masala

This tandoori masala recipe is from the widely popular YouTube channel of Nisha Madhulika. With 7.5 million followers, this India-based vlog phenom offers detailed vegetarian recipes for home cooks. The only edit I made to her ingredient playlist is to remove the very hard to find spice ratanjot, used primarily for its color. Instead, I’ve included some optional paprika.

Tandoori masala is one of the most popular spice blends in India. And who can resist tandoori anything? Known for its bright red color, this North Indian mix is all at once smoky, slightly bitter-sweet, and intensely flavored with Kashmiri chilies, black peppercorns, green cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, garlic, and cloves.

Once you’ve made your tandoori masala recipe you can roast a whole tandoori chicken, or use it many other delicious ways.

I also have posted recipes for garam masala and chaat masala if you would like to make your own.

Happy Cooking!

~ Alonna

 

See the Notes below before you cook.

Tandoori Masala Recipe

Tandoori Masala Recipe

Who doesn’t love anything tandoori, and with this spice blend, you can spice up your favorite veggies, meats, paneer, and tofu. Homemade tandoori masala is vibrant red, smoky, and spicy.
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Course: Spice Blend
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: no cook, North Indian, Quick, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coriander seeds
  • 7 whole Kashmiri chilies ~ Substitutions
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 4 black cardamoms
  • 7 green cardamoms
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 15 whole cloves
  • 4 whole mace ~ Or 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground mace
  • 1 whole nutmeg ~ Or 2 1/2 teaspoons of ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons paprik ~ Not smoked

Instructions

  • Gather your spices.
    Tandoori Masala Recipe
  • Grate the nutmeg into a fine powder.
  • Smash the black cardamom and remove the seeds. Discard the shells.
  • In a powerful blender or grinder, blend all the spices together into a fine powder. 
  • Force through a fine-mesh strainer. Grind the remaining spices again, and discard anything that didn’t break down.
  • This recipe makes 65 grams, or just shy of a cup. It will keep for up to 6 months in a tightly sealed container away from heat and light.
    Tandoori Masala Recipe