Tandoori Spice Mix

Tandoori Masala spice mix
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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 10 ounces

Tandoori masala is an Indian spice mix consisting of a variety of spices, including cumin, coriander, and turmeric. A tandoor is a type of clay oven first used in India that allows for high-heat cooking. Masala means "seasoning" in Hindi, one of the main languages spoken in India. Tandoori masala is used to flavor many Indian dishes.

You can make this spicy mix ahead of time and store it in an airtight container. Creating a tasty meal will then be a simple matter of marinating and grilling your dish.


  • 100 grams cumin seeds
  • 35 grams coriander seeds
  • 20 grams cloves
  • 5 cinnamon sticks (2 inches each)
  • 20 grams ginger powder
  • 20 grams garlic powder
  • 20 grams red chili powder
  • 20 grams​ turmeric
  • 20 grams mace
  • 20 grams salt
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon orange food coloring

Steps to Make It

  1. Toast the cumin, coriander seeds, cloves, and cinnamon sticks in a pan over low heat until they begin to release their aroma. Remove the spices from heat and allow them to cool.

  2. Grind the ingredients in a coffee grinder to make a smooth powder.

  3. Store the mixture in an airtight container for up to 6 to 8 weeks.


  • If you do not want to use food coloring, substitute it with 20 grams of Kashmiri red chilis. They provide a terrific color without as much heat as other varieties of dry red chilis.
  • If you are using Kashmiri red chilis, omit the chili powder from the recipe.
  • Before you use the chilies, lightly toast them in a hot pan until they are aromatic, then grind them into a fine powder in a clean, dry coffee grinder.