Biryani Masala Powder (in Microwave)

Masala is the blend of different spices and herbs mixed together in a dissimilar proportions. It is used extensively in Indian cooking. An Indian meal is not complete particularly without Indian spices. For years, masala has been added to flavor the food. The aroma of the Indian spices makes the Indian food hot, spicy as well as tempting. These spices are collected mainly from plants and they are a good source of vitamins and minerals. Not only these are used in Indian cuisine, rather also used in medicines and preservatives too.

The grounded masala have been used in India since ancient times. Also every region of this Indian subcontinent has its own flavors of masala. A varieties of grounded masala are used every day in all Indian households. And the freshly grounded masala has a strong fragrance as compared to any other. The homemade ones are so healthy and hygienic. Well Monday is here again, so the Foodie Monday Blog Hop team has come up with a theme as ‘Dry Masala Powder’. I have prepared the Biryani Masala Powder for theme contribution. 

Like others, I was preferring also to buy the masala powder for the preparation of any variety of biryani. But from some days before, I just started using this homemade one which is full of aromas. Always, there is a huge difference in flavor of homemade and store bought masala. Well, for preparing this biryani masala powder I just first roast the spices in microwave and then grind to a smooth texture powder. 

Instead of microwave, the roasting part can be done in stove top or the spices can be simply dried fully under direct sunlight. For drying in sunlight, put all the spices in a large plate spreading evenly. Then cover the plate by thin muslin cloth and keep under sunlight (in daytime 😉) for up to 3-4 days. Then grind to get the powder. Just a sprinkle of this biryani masala powder will surely enhance the taste of the whole dish. These biryani masala powders can be prepared in bulk and stored by refrigerating in air tight container for later use. So do try this homemade biryani masala powder and give your valuable feedback either in the comment box below or tag me as #firsttimercook on Instagram. Lets go in details.

Preparation Time : 10 mins  |  Cooking Time : 2 mins

Ingredients :        



Coriander seed

5 tbsp

Caraway seed (shah jeera)

2 tbsp

Whole black pepper

2 tbsp


5 no

Green cardamom

5-6 no

Black cardamom

2 no


2 inch

Star anise

3 no

Mace (javitri)

3 no

Nutmeg (small)

1 no

Bay leaf

3-4 no

Method :

  1. In a plate take each spice one at a time and thoroughly check for any presence of impurities. If any found, then discard those impurities.
  2. Now roughly crush the nutmeg and keep aside.
  3. Then in a baking tray (clean and dry), take all the cleaned spices along with roughly crushed nutmeg and spread evenly.
  4. Roast them in microwave for 2 minutes or till a nice aroma of spices come out. 
  5. Take out the baking tray from microwave and allow to cool down completely.
  6. Now put all the roasted spices into a clean & dry blender jar and make a powder of fine texture.
  7. Sieve the biryani masala powder and store in an air tight container for use later !!

Notes :

  • I always like the tiny bits in the powder, so dont prefer to sieve the powder after grinding.
  • Instead of microwave, the roasting part can be done in stove top or the spices can be simply dried fully under direct sunlight. For drying in sunlight, put all the spices in a large plate spreading evenly. Then cover the plate by thin muslin cloth and keep under sunlight (in daytime 😉) for up to 3-4 days. Then grind to get the powder.
  • This biryani masala powder can be refrigerated after putting in an air tight container.

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  1. Priya Iyer

    Wow! Now, this is definitely something I'd love to try out. The biryani masala looks so full of flavour.

  2. Poonam Bachhav

    The biryani masala soubds so aromatic and flavorful !!

  3. Sujata Roy

    Great share Sasmita. Saving it. No more store bought biryani masala because now I have a perfect recipe. Thanks 😊

  4. Priya

    I have never tried biryani masala at home… but the final result here looks perfect and plus you are making this in microwave is a big HIT 🙂

  5. Roamy

    I ate Biryiani rice once when I was in India, been looking forward to visiting India again just got the food.

  6. Anonymous

    Wow…what an amazing shot… Loved the recipe 🙂

  7. Mayuri Patel

    I always try to make my biryani masala at home. I love your idea of roasting the spices in the microwave oven. Your house must have smelt so good.

  8. preethi'scuisine

    Biryani masala iñ microwave sounds interesting.Fab share Sasmitha.

  9. Furkhundababy1

    I like your post. It is good to see you verbalize from the heart and clarity on this important subject can be easily observed… top microwave oven in india 2018

  10. Vanitha Bhat

    Nothing to beat homemade masalas!!! Making it in a microwave is "sone pe suhagaa" 🙂 🙂 Love it!

  11. Indfused

    Wow! What a handy and flavorful masala powder to have on hand, Sasmita! Nothing like home made masalas.

  12. Padma

    Very handy to make quick biryanis….Homemade is always the best…Lovely share!!

  13. Freda

    Nothing beats homemade spice mix, the aroma and flavor it adds cannot be compared to the ready made ones! Lovely share 🙂

  14. Hayley

    I have not made Biryani Masala at home, because never found a good recipe for it, seems like this is the recipe 🙂 Lovely!

  15. Geetha Priyanka

    I always prefer home made spice blends for their fresh aroma and flavours. Making in microwave sounds interesting.

  16. Pavani

    Biryani masala powder in a microwave sounds very interesting. But homemade masala powders are always best. Your biryani masala looks so aromatic

  17. code2cook

    homemade masala are always best to make. Fresh, aromatic and so flavorful. Great that you can make them from scratch and use.

  18. Unknown

    I do make my own biryani Masala at home but never tried making in microwave. thank you for sharing this trick dear. 🙂

  19. jayashree

    This one is so handy, shall make this one, home made ones tastes so good.

  20. JollyHomemadeRecipes

    Very flavourful and interesting share, nothing can beat homemade spice powders. Biryani masala rocks 🙂

  21. Meghna.

    A fantastic share of biriyani masala! We eat lots of biriyanis and this will be my to go recipe for the masala powder.

  22. cookwithrenu

    Such a flavourful and armomatic masala. Microwave does save a lot of effort and time specially in such recipes where we have to roast on pan.

  23. Vyom

    It’s actually a great and helpful piece of information. I am happy that you shared this helpful information with us.

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