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Biryani Masala Powder | Biryani Spice Blend

Biryani masala powder is a blend of whole spices roasted and powdered. This spice blend not only adds the unique flavour but also lends the aroma that's required for a perfect biryani.
Course Masala Powder, Spice Blends
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Geetha Priyanka


Gluten free, Nut free,

    1 cup = 240ml, 1 tbsp = 15ml

    • 1 cup Coriander Seeds
    • 2 tbsp Cumin
    • 1 tbsp Cloves
    • 10 pieces Cinnamon each stick 1 inch
    • 5 Star Anise
    • 6 Green Cardamom
    • 4 Nutmeg
    • 2 Mace
    • 1/4 cup Poppy Seeds


    • Crush nutmeg in a mortar-pestle.
    • Dry roast coriander seeds and cumin on medium low heat for 2 minutes or until fragrant, transfer to a plate.
    • In the same pan, roast cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, cloves, nutmeg, mace for a minute or until fragrant and transfer them to the plate.
    • Finally dry roast poppy seeds for a minute and turn off the heat.
    • Allow the spices to cool down completely and grind them to a powder.
    • Store in an sterilised air tight glass jar and use as required.



    Roast spices just until fragrant and ensure spices do not change the colour.
    Roast the spices on medium low flame to avoid over roasting or burning the spices. Keep stirring frequently.
    Biryani masala powder remains fresh for 2 months, later it looses its aroma gradually. I would suggest to make masala in small batches.