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Masala Spice Mix

Masala is essential in many Indian dishes, including our popular  Tarka Dal. Give this recipe a try, and if you're interested in learning more about Indian cuisine and spices, our experts are always ready to help!

Masala Spice Mix

Northern Indian Curry powder

Whole Spices

  • 2 tbsps coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp fenugreek
  • 1 tsp kalongi/nigela
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1 bay leaf

Ground Spices

  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • pinch of salt


  1. Dry fry the whole spices, until fragrant, cool and grind. Add the ground spices and mix in.
  2. This will store in airtight container for a month, or you can make a paste.
  3. To make a paste mix the spice blend with a little vinegar and water until it resembles a paste. Leave to stand for 10 minutes.
  4. Heat some oil in a pan and add the paste. Gently stir fry for about 5 minutes until the paste start to make a bubbling noise.
  5. Remove from heat and leave to cool. The oil should rise to the surface.
  6. Store in sterilized jars. The layer of oil on top adds to the storing process. Keep in the fridge.