Tandoori Masala

Used to make the very popular Tandoori Chicken, this masala needs no introduction! Use it with chicken or paneer, vegetables or Tofu, this masala works well with all! For the longest time I used convenient store bought Tandoori Masala. However it really is worth-while to make your own! I learnt to make this masala from a fellow foodie Shimpa.



  • 6 tbsp shah jeera
  • 8 green cardamoms
  • 15 cloves
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 inch piece of cinnamon stick
  • 6-7 blades of mace
  • 1/2 piece of nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp kasoorI methi
  • Place your list items here


  1. Gently warm spices over a warm tawa…taking care not to burn them. Also warm kasoorI methi on low heat just for a few seconds.
  2. Cool the spices and grind to a fine powder.
  3. Mix together 70% kashmiri/deghi mirch powder and 30% ground masala to make the Tandoori Masala.
  4. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Can be used to make Tandoori chicken (a stove-top version as well), Paneer tikka, Tandoori salad etc..

One Comment

  1. Loved the recipe thank you .Quick question – where do you get shah jeera? I still have the remnants that my dad sent me 22 years ago from Kinnaur before he died! I have bought it several times from various sources but it lacks the robust flavor – cheers to you and your drive ! Love all your posts. Meera