Tandoori Masala Powder

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This tandoori masala powder is a mix powder of varieties of whole spices and has a salty, sour as well as hot flavor. Also it makes the dish reddish in color due to the presence of Kashmiri whole red chili.

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We often enjoy tandoori recipes in a restaurant or even in roadside dhaba. Also whenever we want to make some tandoori recipes at home, we simply buy a readymade tandoori masala paste from the super market. But what if we can make the tandoori masala at home, doesnt this sound awesome ! Well, yes.

What is Tandoor then ?

Tandoor is a special type of clay oven, often use to grill and roast in India. Kebabs, and tikkis are the most popular tandoori dishes. Generally meat or paneer or even veggies is marinated with a mix of spices along with curd (dahi), then grilled in the tandoor oven. And that spice mix is ‘Tandoori Masala Powder’.

Tandoori Masala Powder –

The name of this masala powder derives from an indian clay oven called the tandoor. It is used in the marinating meat, veggies etc. A varities of whole spices are dry roasted first till aromatic and then powdered to make the tandoori masala powder. This powder has a salty, sour as well as hot flavor. Also it makes the dish reddish in color due to the presence of kashmiri whole red chili and sometimes artificial food coloring.

How to make Tandoori Masala Powder at home ?

Homemade masala powders are always best as we make them fresh and also we can adjust / pick the whole spices as desired.

In a pan first take Cumin seeds, Coriander seeds, Black peppercorns, Green cardamoms, Black cardamoms, Cinnamon sticks, Cloves, Mace, Nutmeg. Over low-medium heat, dry roast for few minutes, stirring occasionally. Roast until golden in color and aromatic. Transfer to a plate and allow to cool.


Into the same pan add all the Kashmiri whole red chilies and dry-roast them until fragrant, stirring occasionally. After that add kasoori methi and give a quick stir. Turn off the heat and allow to cool down completely.


Transfer all these roasted spices into a mixer jar and grind to a coarse mixture first. Then add garlicpowder, gingerpowder along with black salt to it. Grind well until nicely incorporated. Transfer the powder onto a plate, spread it and cool down completely.

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Storing tandoori masala powder –

Just pick a clean and dry air-tight container. Put all the powder into this and close the lid. This freshly prepared homemade tandoori masala powder can store to use in any kind of tandoori dishes later. It stays good for around 6 months.

and yes, Do not confuse between Garam Masala and Tandoori Masala to be same !

◼ Tandoori masala powder contains all the spices found in the garam masala powder along with ginger powder, garlic powder, kasoori methi(dried fenugreek leaves) and some red color (optional though).
◼ Garam masala powder is usually added at the end after the dish has been cooked where as tandoori masala powder is used in the marination process.
◼ Also tandoori masala powder is milder than garam masala powder.

So instead of buying the readymade tandoori masala paste or the tandoori masala powder each time whenever thinking to make any tandoori dishes at home, simply make this homemade powder and use it readily for the dishes which definitely elevates the taste !

💡 FAQ's about this Tandoori Masala Powder - 

📌 Roasting the spices perfectly is the main step in making any masala powder. So be careful during those steps. Else the whole masala powder tastes totally different.
📌 Instead of whole nutmeg, nutmeg powder one can choose.

Event-related to this post :

Well, the April month challenge in the ‘Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge‘ group was the ‘Spice Mix’, suggested by Jayashree. Well, I was partnered with Radha for this theme who gave me 2 secret ingredients as Cinnamon and Cloves; and I gave her the Cinnamon and Cloves too. She prepared tandoori masala using those secret ingredients. And as usual, using my two ingredients I have also come up with this Tandoori Masala Powder for theme contribution.

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Tandoori Masala Powder

Sasmita
This tandoori masala powder is a mix powder of varieties of whole spices and has a salty, sour as well as hot flavor. Also it makes the dish reddish in color due to the presence of Kashmiri whole red chili.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Spice Mix
Cuisine Indian
Servings 1 cup

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp Cumin seed
  • 4 tbsp Coriander seed
  • ½ tbsp Black peppercorn
  • 8-10 no. Green peppercorn
  • 2 no Black cardamom
  • 2 inch Cinnamon
  • ½ tbsp Clove
  • 2 no. Mace
  • 1 no. Nutmeg
  • 2 tsp Kasoori Methi
  • 14-15 no. Kashmiri whole red chili
  • 1 tbsp Ginger powder
  • ½ tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Black salt

Instructions
 

  • In a pan first take Cumin seeds, Coriander seeds, Black peppercorns, Green cardamoms, Black cardamoms, Cinnamon sticks, Cloves, Mace, Nutmeg.
  • Over low-medium heat, dry roast for few minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Roast until golden in color and aromatic.
  • Transfer to a plate and allow to cool.
  • Into the same pan add all the Kashmiri whole red chilies and dry-roast them until fragrant, stirring occasionally.
  • After that add kasoori methi and give a quick stir.
  • Turn off the heat and allow to cool down completely.
  • Transfer all these roasted spices into a mixer jar and grind to a coarse mixture first.
  • Then add garlic powder, ginger powder along with black salt to it.
  • Grind well until everything is nicely incorporated.
  • Transfer the powder onto a plate, spread it and cool down completely.
  • Take a clean and dry air-tight container and put all the powder into this.
  • Store this tandoori masala powder to use in any kind of tandoori dishes !

Notes

  • Roasting the spices perfectly is the main step in making any masala powder. So be careful during those steps.
  • Instead of whole nutmeg, nutmeg powder one can choose.
Keyword easy and quick, Masala Powder, Tandoori Masala Powder
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10 Comments

  1. Priya Iyer

    5 stars
    The Tandoori Masala sounds super flavourful and fragrant! Loved your detailed recipe and beautiful pics. 🙂 Will definitely be making this some time.

  2. Mayuri Patel

    5 stars
    Love the colour of the homemade tandoori masala. I too like to make it at home as it is more flavourful and aromatic than the ready made one.

    1. Preeti Shridhar

      5 stars
      What an amazing color your Tandoori Masala has!! Rightly said, homemade masalas are the best. They are more aromatic than store bought ones.

  3. Priya Vj

    5 stars
    Fiery red color of tandoori masala from kashmiri chillies has been beautifully captured in your clicks . I cant wait to try this as marination for paneer and enjoy some melt in mout paneer Tikka

  4. Archana

    5 stars
    Love the colour and the picture of tandoori masala. You definitely cleared my confusion over the difference between garam masala and tandoori masala. Thanks.

  5. Kalyani

    5 stars
    the colour of the tandoori masala is so good! homemade spices make it more flavour packed

  6. Radha

    5 stars
    I can smell the aroma here! Awesome recipe and clicks! We love tandoori foods and this homemade masala will add tons of flavor.

  7. Poonam

    5 stars
    Love how your tandori masala powder has got a fiery red color from the Kashmiri red chilies ! Can imagine how flavorful and aromatic the tandori dishes will turn out after using this homemade spice blend.

  8. Jayashree T.Rao

    5 stars
    Tandoori Masala looks so flavoursome. It is one of the used spice mix at home, I must make this one and store. Nice click Sasmita.

  9. Anu

    5 stars
    Love the color of the tandoori masala and it looks just like the store-bought ones. I am going to try this next time I make tandoori dishes.

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