Tandoori Masala

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Nutritional Information

Calories 20
Caloriesfromfat 41 %
Protein 0.8 g
Fat 0.9 g
Satfat 0.1 g
Carbohydrate 3.7 g
Fiber 0.6 g
Sodium 4.4 mg
Cholesterol 0.0 mg


Seeds from 6 green or white cardamom pods (or 1/8 teaspoon cardamom seed)
1 tablespoon coriander seed
1 1/2 teaspoons black or regular cumin seed
1 1/2 teaspoons whole cloves
3/4 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick (1 in.)
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Cayenne (about 1/4 teaspoon for moderately hot)


1. Remove seed from 6 green or white cardamom pods (or use 1/8 teaspoon cardamom seed).

2. In an 8- to 10-inch frying pan over medium heat, combine cardamom seed, 1 tablespoon coriander seed, 1 1/2 teaspoons black or regular cumin seed, 1 1/2 teaspoons whole cloves, 3/4 teaspoon black peppercorns, and 1 cinnamon stick (1 in.). Stir often until the mixture is aromatic and the seeds are lightly browned, 4 to 5 minutes.

3. Pour the spice mixture into a blender or spice grinder and whirl or grind to a fine powder.

4. Add 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger; whirl to mix. Season to taste with cayenne (about 1/4 teaspoon for moderately hot). If making tandoori masala up to 1 week ahead, store airtight.

Nutritional analysis per tablespoon.

February 1999
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