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tandoori masala in a white bowl

Tandoori Masala

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.
Course Condiment
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Indian spice mix, tandoori masala
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 9.4kcal


Whole spices

  • 3-4 mace flowers
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 nutmeg
  • 4 black cardamom
  • 4 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 12 green cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon fenugreek
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds

Dry ground ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon alkanet
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon garlic


  • 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.
  • Transfer the toasted spices to a spice or coffee grinder and grind to a powder.
  • Mix the ground ingredients well with the above spice powder.
  • 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.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 9.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.4g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 1.2mg | Fiber: 0.7g