Tandoori Masala

tandoori masala in a white bowl

An easy tandoori masala recipe for adding a smoky flavour to grilled food! This is a must-have Indian spice rub with a medley of whole and ground spices. Gluten-free, vegan and made of 100% natural ingredients.

  • Author: Saima
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Dry roasting
  • Cuisine: Indian



Whole spices

  • 3-4 mace flowers
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 2 nutmeg
  • 4 black cardamom
  • 4 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 12 green cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek
  • 1 tsp cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds

Dry ground ingredients

  • 2 tbsp alkanet
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp garlic


  1. Take the whole spices in a pan and toast them on low to medium heat until they become fragrant and change colour slightly. Remove from the heat and let them cool down completely.
  2. Transfer the toasted spices to a spice or coffee grinder and grind to a powder.
  3. Mix the ground ingredients well with the above spice powder.
  4. Store in a clean air-tight container, preferably glass.


  1. While toasting the spices, keep moving them with a wooden spoon in a to and fro motion so they don't burn.
  2. Break the nutmeg into smaller pieces before toasting it. Wrap it in a clean cloth and smash it with a heavy object like a mallet. It will break easily on the first try.


Keywords: tandoori masala, Indian spice mix