Tikka is a divine dish essential to serve alongside plain rice or roti. You might find many variations of tikka masala spice blend at the store. But nothing could beat the fresh and authentic flavors our version of the spicy tikka masala spice blend can give! This formula comes together in just a few minutes, is budget-friendly, and is free of preservatives or artificial additives.

You can use this tikka masala blend with chicken tikka, fish tikka, mushroom tikka, paneer tikka and you name it! Ingredients are versatile, and you can find them all in your pantry. So, let’s get started.

Click on this link and refer to our detailed article if you want to learn what tikka masala blend is and what ingredients make it so special.

Simple And Authentic Homemade Spicy Tikka Masala Blend!

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SpiceRally’s version of tikka masala is a freshness-guaranteed, fragrant, and authentic blend that does not require special ingredients.  You have the chance to adjust and control what goes in your recipe.

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  • 3 tbsp 3 Cumin seeds

  • 3 tbsp 3 Coriander seeds

  • 4-5 4-5 Black cardamom

  • 5-6 5-6 Green cardamom

  • 2 tsp 2 Black peppercorns

  • 5-6 5-6 Cloves

  • 1 piece 1 Cinnamon (about a 2-inch piece)

  • 15-18 15-18 Kashmiri Red chiles (dried)

  • 1 tsp 1 Red chile powder

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 Ground turmeric

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 Ground nutmeg

  • Other ingredients
  • 1-2 tbsp 1-2 Dry Mango powder

  • Equipment
  • 1 1 Saucepan (large)

  • 1 1 Wooden Spatula

  • 1 1 Plate

  • 1 1 Spice grinder/ Food processor

  • 1 1 Kitchen towel/ paper towel

  • 1 1 Fine mesh sieve

  • 1 1 Air-tight container


  • Keep the saucepan over medium heat and add the whole spices to it (cumin, coriander, black cardamom, green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, dried red chiles, and black peppercorns).
  • Dry-roast these spices for about 8-10 minutes until they turn fragrant and slightly change color. Keep stirring the spices while they are roasting to avoid them burning.
  • Once all the spices are roasted to the right point, remove them from the pan and transfer them to a large plate to cool down.
  • Now, wipe the jar of your spice grinder or food processor using a clean kitchen towel or a paper towel.
  • Add the roasted spices, ground nutmeg, dry mango powder, ground turmeric, and red chile powder. You can work in batches if you have a small grinder jar.
  • Grind everything together until well incorporated, and you get a fine, smooth powder.
  • Run the tikka spice blend through a fine mesh sieve to eliminate any large lumps.
  • Re-grind the lumps and mix them with the tikka masala blend.
  • Use it immediately with your dishes, or store it in a well-fitting glass container until you need it.

Tasty Notes and Suggestions by SpiceRally

  • This is an authentic tikka masala spice blend, so we have used all the ingredients generously. But feel free to adjust them according to your preference. For example, you can adjust the amount of dried red chiles if this amount does not suit your palate.
  • You can substitute red chile powder with cayenne pepper or paprika if that’s what you have.
  • Black cardamom might seem exotic, but you could easily find them in the international spice aisle of the supermarket or from an Asian store.
  • It is essential to remember that all the whole spices should be uniformly roasted to get the original quality of your tikka masala spice blend.
  • This spice blend can stay fragrant and flavorful for up to 2-3 months when stored in a glass, air-tight container and kept in a cool, dry, dark place.

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