9 Indian Masala Recipes for a Flavor Boost

by Apoorva Malhotra
Indian masala recipes

India is a beautiful blend of diversity. From people, culture, and cuisines, India ties everything together. Speaking of food, one cannot imagine a single Indian recipe without the exotic flavors of traditional spices. In fact, our expertise allows us to add spices like cardamom to Indian desserts. We are so heavily invested in our spices, we even have traditional Indian masala recipes!

As a homage to our love for spices, here is a list of 9 best Indian masala recipes that you can make at home. While it may seem intimidating, preparing masala from scratch has been an age-old tradition. So go ahead and try out these Indian masala recipes given below:

Famous Indian Masala Recipes That Every Kitchen Must Have!

Masala Chai Blend

Move aside Dalgona coffee, Indian masala chai is India’s all-time favorite! There is something so comforting about a piping hot cup of tea that you would rather not exchange it for anything else! Learn how to make the masala for your masala chai right at home.

What You Need:

  • Half a cup of cloves (laung)
  • Half a cup of green cardamom (elaichi)
  • Half a cup of black peppercorn (kali mirch)
  • Two tablespoons of fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 12-inch stick of cinnamon (dalchini)
  • Four tablespoons of ginger (adrak) powder
  • Two pieces of nutmeg (jaiphal) – grated


Blend everything together into a coarse mixture.

Punjabi Chhole Masala

Chhole (chickpea curry) is a famous Indian side dish that everyone simply LOVES! Fortunately, you no longer have to run to the store to purchase Chhole Masala or Chana Masala while fixing up a delicious meal.

What You Need:

  • One-third cup of raw mango powder (amchur)
  • One-fourth cup of dried pomegranate seed powder (anardana)
  • A cup of garam masala
  • Three-fourth cups of coriander seed powder (dhaniya)
  • Two tablespoons of red chilly powder (lal mirch)
  • Half a cup of dry ginger powder (saunth)
  • A cup of salt


Combine all the spices together.

Garam Masala

Garam masala is a staple in all Indian kitchen. From everyday curries to elaborate meals – it is a core component everywhere. Here is one of the easiest Indian garam masala recipes.

What You Need:

  • 150g cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 50g black cardamom seeds (badi elaichi)
  • 25g cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 25g cloves (laung)
  • 25g peppercorns (kali mirch)
  • 4 bay leaves (tej patta)


Lightly roast all the spices for a couple of minutes until they lose all their moisture. You may also sun-dry them. Grind them into a fine powder.

Tandoori Masala

Are you looking for Indian masala recipes that are a little hatke (different)? Then this tandoori masala may just be it! Use them to marinate chicken or to coat paneer!

What You Need:

  • One-fourth cup of dried ginger powder (saunth)
  • One-fourth cup of dried garlic powder (lehsun)
  • One-fourth cup of dried onion powder (pyaaz)
  • Two tablespoons of black peppercorns (kali mirch)
  • Two tablespoons of chaat masala
  • One-fourth cup of garam masala
  • One-fourth cup of red chili powder (lal mirch)
  • One-fourth cup of dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
  • Three-fourth cups of salt
  • A teaspoon of red food coloring (optional)


Mix and blend all the ingredients together in a food processor.

Pav Bhaji Masala

Pav Bhaji is, hands down, one of the best street foods available in India. So if you are looking for Indian masala recipes for Pav Bhaji, you are in luck. Check it out!

What You Need:

  • Seven whole red chilies (dry)
  • Four tablespoons of coriander seeds (sabut dhaniya)
  • Two tablespoon of cumin seeds (jeera)
  • One-fourth tablespoon of black peppercorn (kali mirch)
  • Half an inch of cinnamon stick (dalchini)
  • Three cloves (laung
  • 4-5 pieces of black cardamom (badi elaichi)
  • Two tablespoons of dry mango powder (amchur)
  • One tablespoon of fennel seeds (saunf)
  • Half a tablespoon of sugar (powdered)


Keep the dry mango powder and sugar aside. Dry roast all the spices until they turn aromatic and golden brown. Add the amchur powder and roast some more. Turn off the flame and allow the mixture to cool. Once cooled, transfer it to a mixer jar and add the sugar. Blend everything together.

Bhaja Moshla

Bhaja moshla (masala) is a traditional Bengali masala recipe that is simple yet tasty. You can add it to all Bengali dishes be it churmur, puchka, or ghugni.

What You Need:

  • A tablespoon of cumin seeds (jeera)
  • A tablespoon of fennel seeds (saunf)
  • A teaspoon of coriander seeds (sabut dhaniya)
  • Two pieces of green cardamom (elaichi)


Dry roast the spices for about 8 to 10 minutes on medium flame. Keep string them. Blitz them in a food processor.

Podi Masala

Podi masala, also known as gun powder masala, is a famous South Indian masala. It is extremely versatile. You can top your dosa and idli with podi or combine it with gingelly (sesame) oil to make a delicious chutney.

What You Need:

  • A cup of husked black gram (dhuli urad dal)
  • A cup of split chickpeas (chana dal)
  • 8-10 dry red chilies (sukhi lal mirch)
  • A tablespoon of white sesame seeds (safed til)
  • Half a teaspoon of asafoetida (hing)
  • 2-3 pieces of deseeded tamarind (imli)
  • A small piece of jaggery (gud)
  • Salt as per taste
  • A teaspoon of oil


Dry roast all the lentils (dal) together until they turn golden-brown. Also, roast the red chilies and sesame seeds. Combine all the ingredients in a mixer jar and blend it coarsely.

Biryani Masala

Could any list of best Indian masala recipes be complete without the mention of the famous biryani masala? Of course, not! So here is a quick way to prepare biryani masala at home.

What You Need:

  • One bay leaf (tej patta)
  • Two teaspoons of fennel seeds (saunf)
  • Two pieces of star anise (chakra phool)
  • 10-12 green cardamom (elaichi)
  • Two pieces of black cardamom (badi elaichi)
  • One teaspoon of peppercorn (kali mirch)
  • Five cinnamon sticks measuring half-inch (dalchini)
  • One tablespoon cloves (laung)
  • Four tablespoons of coriander seeds (sabut dhaniya)
  • Two tablespoons of royal cumin seeds (shahi jeera)
  • 1 piece mace (javitri)
  • Half a teaspoon of nutmeg (jaiphal)
  • Three pieces of stone flowers (dagad phool or kalpaasi)


Dry roast all the spices separately until they turn aromatic. Alternatively, you can sun-dry them until they turn crisp. Add them to your blender jar and make a fine powder.

Sambhar Masala

Sambhar masala is a quintessential masala in a South Indian household. Follow the recipe below to get delicious sambhar at all times!

What You Need:

  • Two cups of whole red chilies (sukhi lal mirch)
  • One and a half cup of coriander seeds (sabut dhaniya)
  • Two tablespoons of mustard seeds (sarso/rai)
  • Three tablespoons of cumin seeds (jeera)
  • Four tablespoons of black peppercorns (kali mirch)
  • Two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
  • Two tablespoons of husked split black gram (dhuli urad dal)
  • Two tablespoons of split chickpeas (chana dal)
  • Two tablespoons of pigeon peas (arhar/toor dal)
  • Two tablespoons of rice (chawal)
  • Two tablespoons of asafoetida (hing)
  • Two tablespoons of turmeric powder (haldi)
  • One-fourth cup of dried curry leaves (kadi patta)


Roast all the ingredients together (except for the turmeric powder) until it turns golden brown. Remove it from heat and let it cool. Grind it into a fine powder and mix in the turmeric.

With this, we conclude our elaborate list of Indian masala recipes. Store them all in airtight containers for increased shelf life. Don’t forget to share your thoughts and photos of your trials of these Indian masala recipes at home!

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