Tandoori masala

Tandoori masala  recipe at home | tandoori sauce recipe

Tandoori masala is a very well known masala in the subcontinent of India, Bangladesh, Nepal , Pakistan and Afganistan. People of these regions love  to eat tandoori food items. And most of the tandoori foods are made by marinating with this tandoori sauce or masala paste.

Tandoori masala in a bowl

This masala is also known as tandoori red masala paste in hotels and restaurant.

What is tandoori masala 

Tandoori masala is a spice mix of different spices. It can be either of dry masala powder or masala paste. This masala is used to marinate food items that are cooked in a clay oven tandoor. Tandoori masala provides a savory, aromatic and lightly spicy flavor. 

Tandoori paste recipe

The easy and popular version of this tandoori masala is the tandoori masala paste.  Different spice powder are mixed in a yoghurt based marination is called tandoori paste or tandoori masala paste.

To make this masala you need Kashmiri chilly paste.  Without this chilly paste you cannot get the red colour like the one you get in restaurants kababs and tikkas.

In India we make this masala as a paste with hung curd or thick yoghurt. All the ingredients are mixed with the curd. Mustard oil is another important ingredient for a authentic tandoori masala paste recipe.

Steps to make this paste


The most important ingredient is the curd to make the masala. And it should  preferably be a hung  curd , overnight hung curd is perfect. There should not be any excess water in the curd.

First take a mixing bowl and add the hung curd. Then add ginger garlic paste, kashmiri chilly paste, cumin powder, garam masala powder, turmeric powder, salt, chat masala, black salt, black pepper powder, cooking oil, mustard oil and lemon juice.

Now whisk everything together nicely so that the masala paste become smooth.

Check the seasoning of the masala paste.
You can also add Vinegar instead of lemon juice. Mixing properly using a Whisk is important as every ingredients should mix properly.

In place of mustard oil you can use cooking oil as well but mustard oil gives a nice flavour to the resulting dish after cooking.

This is how you can make a tandoori masala paste to cook most of the kabab and tikka.

Now its ready the Tandoori masala also known as Tandoori Red masala.

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Important thing 

To give it a distinct Red color , Kashmiri chilly paste is used. You can avoid it. But the chicken Tikka and tandoori chicken are Red in color and you only get this type of color using the Kashmiri chilly paste.

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Difference between  Tandoori masala and Garam masala 
  • Tandoori masala is used to marinate food items that are cooked in a tandoor. While garam masala is used in a cooked food to give it an additional flavour.
  • Tandoori masala is a mix of many masala where garam masala is also used but in garam masala some whole spices are used to make it.
  • Garam masala comes in a powder form whereas Tandoori masala comes in both powder and form and paste form.
When it comes to tandoori food's, tandoori masala is very important as almost 80% of all tandoori foods are prepared with tandoori masala.

Tandoori food's like chicken Tikka, tandoori chicken, fish tikka and paneer Tikka  are all cooked using tandoori masala.

These foods are cooked basically by a traditional cooking method, the most popular one is ovalclay charcoal tandoor.

You can read some delicious recipes made by using a charcoal tandoor.
Tandoori food items are very tasty and healthy as foods are prepared using open fire. Less amount of oil is used to make them and the food get cooked in its own juice.

Tandoori foods are Crispy, juicy and very soft in texture. So to make a perfect and tasty  tandoori food items , you need a perfect Tandoori masala.

Uses of this masala paste
  • To make tandoori chicken, chicken tikka this paste is used to marinate.
  • Tandoori paneer tikka, mushroom and other tandoori vegetables are also marinated with this masala paste.
  • It is also used to make butter chicken and chicken tikka masala.
  • Seafood like prawns, fish and crabs are also cooked with this to make tandoori crab, tandoori prawns and fish tikka.

 Tandoori  masala paste recipe

Tandoori masala is a mix of spices used to marinate tandoori food's. Commercially it comes as a dry powder but at home or in restaurants you can make it as a masala paste with yoghurt.

Prep time      cooking time       serving
10 min             6 min                          2 portion
Author :- Mobasir hassan

  •  200 gm of Hung curd or greek yogurt  
  •  2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  •  3 teaspoon kashmiri red chilly paste
  •  1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  •  1 teaspoon cumin powder
  •  2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  •  3 teaspoon mustard oil
  •  2 teaspoon  cooking oil
  •  1 teaspoon chat masala
  •  1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  •  1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder 
  •  1 teaspoon lemon juice
  •  1/4 teaspoon rock salt or kala namak
  •  Salt to taste
   How to make the recipe

  1. In a mixing bowl take the yogurt and add the ginger garlic paste, red chilly paste, red chilli powder, garam masala, cumin powder, turmeric powder, salt, chat masala, black salt, black pepper powder.
  2. Using a whisk mix everything nicely.
  3. Pour the mustard oil and cooking oil and further whisk everything. You can use cooking oil instead of mustard oil as well.
  4. Mix for a minute so that the oil get nicely incorporated with the masala.
  5. Now add the lemon juice and give a final mix.i
  6. Tandoori masala is ready to use.

 Tandoori masala paste recipe video

Nutritional value
Serving size 10 g
Calories :- 30  |  fats :- 1 g

Recipe notes
  • To give it the distinct red color appearance use Kashmiri red chilly paste. If you don't have the Kashmiri chilly paste then use a good quality red chilli powder or Kashmiri red chilli powder.
Some famous recipes made using Tandoori red masala :-

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  • My Homegrocers
    My Homegrocers April 13, 2021 at 10:02 AM

    Article was very useful. Thanks for sharing.
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