Indian Spice Mix

Cuisine: Indian

Cook Time: 5 Minutes

Serves: 1

The secret to delicious Indian curries and dishes is the Indian spice mixes. The harmonious blend of savory and fragrant spices brings out the authentic flavors of Indian cuisine. All you need is a few essential ingredients to blend in the right amount, and you have the perfect spice mix for all your dishes.

  • Cumin
  • Red chili
  • Turmeric
  • Coriander
  • Kashmiri red chili
  • Curry powder
  • Garam masala
  • Ground black pepper

How To Make Flavorful Indian Spice Mix?

  1. Take a glass bowl. Mix 4 tbsp coriander powder, 2 tbsp cumin powder, 4 tbsp turmeric powder, 3 tbsp red chili powder, 2 tbsp curry powder, 1-2 tbsp Kashmiri red chili powder, 1 tbsp garam masala, and 1 tbsp black pepper powder.
  2. Mix all the ingredients well with a spoon.
  3. Take a tightly sealed glass container and wipe it with a clean cloth. Make sure there is no moisture or any water droplets in the container.
  4. Transfer all the spice mix from the bowl to the glass container and tightly close its lid.
  5. Store it in a cool and dry place.

Chef Tip: You can either get garam masala from the market or prepare it at home. Homemade garam masala is more preferred for an enticing spice mix. For garam masala, take 2 cinnamon sticks, 4 cloves, 2 tablespoon coriander seeds, 1 tablespoon cumin seeds, and 4-5 green cardamom. Dry roast all the spices in a thick pan and let it cool. Blend all the roasted spices to a fine powder.

The basic foundation of all Indian dishes is their spices. Unravel the secret of restaurant-style food and enjoy delightful dishes at home with our Indian spice mix recipe.

Quick Bites

Fun Fact
  • Indian Spices are always cooked first to let them blend in together first before adding the acid elements of the dish- tomatoes, vinegar, lime, and lemon. Acid slows the cooking of the spices and you could land up with a raw spice flavor in your meal. They will surely wake up your taste buds!
  • India is responsible for 70% of global spice production. The majority of people in the world have some sort of spice in their home from India!
Historical Fact
  • Indian Spice Mixes are blended spices or herbs.  When a certain combination of herbs or spices is called for a recipe, it is convenient to blend these spices beforehand.
  • 'Masala' is a term from the Indian subcontinent for a spice mix in certain proportions.  A masala can either be a combination of dried spices or a paste. Masalas are extensively used in Indian cuisine to add spice and flavor.
Nutrition Fact
  • Tempered cumin or jeera adds the spice that dal fry needs. Most dishes are incomplete without cumin, it is known to relieve you from digestive problems, reduce your chances of anemia and alleviate the common cold.
  • In a typical serving size of one teaspoon, paprika supplies 6 calories and is rich in vitamin A, moderate in vitamin B16 and vitamin E, and provides no other nutrients in significant content.