Make your own homemade Tandoori Masala at home with this easy recipe and ingredients you might already have in your pantry. Use this recipe to make Tandoori chicken, salmon, or to season roasted veggies.
What spices are in Tandoori Masala
Tandoori Masala is a seasoning mix that includes a variety of spices including paprika, coriander, cumin, turmeric, chili, and Garam Masala (another spice mix that includes warming spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, etc.)
A Tandoor is a clay oven used in Indian cooking. Masala simply means seasoning in Hindi. Tandoori flavoured dishes usually stand out because of their bright red colour.
This striking colour is often achieved by using orange or red food colouring. I am keeping this Tandoori Masala powder recipe on the natural side by relying only on the spices’ natural colours – especially the red from the paprika (smoked and regular) and yellow from the turmeric.
How to Make Tandoori Masala at Home
As is the case with most of my ethnic recipes, I don’t claim that this Tandoori recipe is the most authentic way to make it. Many Indian seasoning mixes are prepared by first dry roasting the whole spices and then freshly grinding them at home.
I am certain this makes for an incredibly flavourful Tandoori seasoning, but it’s just not something I would regularly take the time for in my home kitchen. Instead I am using ground spices from my spice rack.
To ensure full flavours I just try to use the ground spices within 6 months or so of purchase. So if that sits better with you, let’s call this a simplified or easy Tandoori recipe.
Making this Tandoori Masala then, is as easy as this:
- Pull all the individual spice ingredient from the rack/pantry/cabinet
- Measure the ingredients into a jar or bowl
- Close the jar and shake to mix. Or use a whisk to combine the ingredients in a bowl
Done! Use the Tandoori Masala right away or store in an airtight container until later use.
Is tandoori masala spicy?
While this Tandoori Masala recipe includes some ground chilli powder, it is not an overly spicy seasoning mix. Chili powder is just one of many ingredients, and makes up a small amount of the mix, compared to the other spice ingredients.
Using this Tandoori spice mix will give your food a little heat, but nothing overpowering. My preschooler dislikes all spicy foods (at the moment) but she never complains when I use this Tandoori spice recipe.
How to Use Tandoori Masala Spice Mix
I love using this homemade Tandoori Masala on EVERYTHING! It is a great all-purpose seasoning to give anything from veggies to protein a delicious flavour without having to pull out half of my spice rack from the shelf.
Here are just some of the ways I’ve used it in my kitchen:
Other great homemade spice mix recipes
- Gluten Free Taco Seasoning
- Cajun Spice Mix
- Homemade Chai Spice Mix
- Homemade Ranch Seasoning
- Best Dry Rub for Ribs
- Homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning
VIDEO: How to Make Tandoori Masala
Tandoori Masala Recipe
Make your own homemade Tandoori Masala at home with this easy recipe and ingredients you might already have in your pantry.
- 2 tablespoons ground paprika
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1.5 teaspoons chili powder
- 2.5 teaspoons Garam Masala
If you don't have Garam Masala, use:
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Grind any spices that you don't have already ground in a spice mill or coffee grinder.
Measure out all ingredients into a small bowl and stir to combine well.
Using a funnel or small spoon fill the Tandoori masala mix into a spice jar and use in your recipes.