Easy Tandoori Spice Mix (6 Ingredients!)

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Jar of spices with a label saying tandoori masala

Say hello to our simplified, inspired version of Tandoori Masala! Inspired by the ingredients in the Whole Foods store-bought version of this spice mix, this easy homemade version comes together with just 6 simple ingredients in 5 minutes! It’s smoky, earthy, balanced, and perfect for seasoning chickpeas, tofu, roasted vegetables, chicken, and beyond!

Spoonfuls and bowls of spices

What is Tandoori Masala?

A tandoor is a type of clay oven used originally in northern India and Pakistan, and masala refers to any of a number of spice mixtures ground into a paste or powder for use in Indian cooking. Tandoori Masala is a spice blend typically used for marinating meat or vegetables before cooking them in the tandoor! It’s a smoky, slightly sweet, and earthy spice blend that we’re loving! 

For a more authentic version of Tandoori Masala, you could try this recipe from Binjal’s Veg Kitchen.

How to Make Tandoori Masala

Our simplified, 6-ingredient version features smoky, earthy cumin, bright red sweet paprika, pungent garlic and ginger, sweet and floral coriander, and zesty cardamom.

While the Whole Foods version of this blend is heavier on the paprika (making it red in color), we prefer it to be heavier on the cumin for best flavor. Feel free to play around with the ratios to make it your own!

Cumin, paprika, garlic, ginger, coriander, and cardamom in a jar

When ready to make the blend, simply measure out your ground spices into a jar and stir or shake it up!

Using a fork to mix spices in a jar

We hope you LOVE this spice mix! It’s:

Quick & Easy
& A go-to in the Minimalist Baker kitchen!

We use it to season chickpeas, tofu, roasted vegetables, chicken, and more. It’s also the star of our new Tandoori Tofu Sheet Pan Meal!

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Stuffed sweet potatoes topped with tandoori masala chickpeas

Easy Tandoori Spice Mix (6 Ingredients!)

Smoky, earthy, and slightly sweet Tandoori Masala that’s perfect for vegetables, meat, and beyond! Just 1 jar, 6 ingredients, and 5 minutes required!
Author Minimalist Baker
Jar of our tandoori spice mix recipe
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 (1-Tbsp servings)
Course Spice Blend
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Indian-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 3-6 Months


  • 3 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 ½ – 2 Tbsp granulated garlic (or sub half as much garlic powder)
  • 1 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom


  • Add all spices to a small jar and shake or stir to combine. Will keep at room temperature for several months.
  • This spice blend is ideal for seasoning things like chickpeas, tofu, roasted vegetables, and more!



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 8 servings)

Serving: 1 tablespoon Calories: 22 Carbohydrates: 3.8 g Protein: 1 g Fat: 0.9 g Saturated Fat: 0.1 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 6 mg Potassium: 112 mg Fiber: 1.3 g Sugar: 0.3 g Vitamin A: 866 IU Vitamin C: 0.4 mg Calcium: 31 mg Iron: 2.1 mg

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  1. Robin says

    Absolutely delicious over tofu. I sprinkle a few Tbsp. over two blocks of cubed tofu and marinate it all in 4T of broth and 4T of Bragg’s Amino. (Marinate at least 30 min but longer is better!) Then I air fry at 375 degrees for a few minutes until it’s a touch brown on the edges but still moist. I keep this in the fridge and throw some cubes on a salad, over rice, etc., throughout the week. YUM! Thank you for the delicious recipe.

  2. Taylor says

    Will the taste be drastically different if I use regular or smoked paprkia over sweet paprkia? I don’t have any sweet paprika at home.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Taylor, Smoked paprika will give it a different flavor. Not necessarily bad, but we think it will taste like more of a smoky chili seasoning with a little more nuance. Hope that helps!

  3. MF says

    We often use purchased tandoori spices on roasted potatoes but my son is allergic to alliums so we always had to make his plain on the side. It was lovely to be able to make a mix for everyone to enjoy. We left out the garlic and added nutritional yeast to replace the bulk in his and it’s delicious both ways.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, love that your son gets to enjoy the tandoori potatoes too =) Thank you for sharing!