How to make Biryani Masala Powder | Homemade Biryani Masala

>>  Tuesday, July 3, 2012

We are starting the Blogging Marathon 18th Edition today. We have successfully completed one whole moth of blogging with three posts phased out over four weeks. Though a certain amount of pressure is missing, I think everybody agreed that we get more time on hand, which leaves us quite relaxed and tension free. This also prompted me to plan for my other topic of interests like the Menu planning, Blogging 101, and so on. I am even planning to post some menus for diabetes.

Coming to the theme for the first week, I have chosen to do Indian Basics. Of all the topics, I am forever so interested about basics. Knowing basics in any cuisine, helps us know more about it and learning the tricks makes it all the work involved very easy. Anything and everything can fall under Basics. There is always the tempering techniques, what goes into tempering, spice powders, masala powders that enhance a dish.

I would say the highlight of this masala surely lies with using Marathi Mogga and Rathi Puvvu (Dagad Phool / Pathar Phool / Black Stone Flower).

Biryani Masala Powder
All those spice powders or other powders that enhance a dish surely comes handy. For today's post I will be sharing a Biryani Masala powder with which I end up making different recipes.

Biryani Masala Powder

Makes - 1/2 cup

Ingredients Needed:

Cloves – 7 - 9
Cinnamon – 1 big stick
Green Cardamom – 5
Black Cardamom - 2
Nutmeg, powder – 1/2 tsp
Cumin seed – 1 tsp
Shah jeera – 1 tsp
Mace – 3
Marathi Mogga - 1
Rathi Puvvu / Dagad Phool / Pathar Phool / Black Stone Flower - 3 -4 nos
Star Anise - 2

You can also include 1/2 tsp of Fennel seeds

How to make biryani Masala powder:

Heat a non stick pan, when it's hot, simmer and add all the whole spices. Toss around for couple of mins making sure the heat is spread on all sides. Take care not to smoke or chard any spice.
When you have tossed it for couple of minutes, transfer to a plate and allow it to cool.
Grind to a smooth powder when it's cooled.
Store in an air tight container and use for making masala rice.

I also add taj patta/ Biryani leaf sometimes to this mix. That adds a different tone to the mix. Having this masala ready on hand really helps when you want to rustle a quick dish for your kids.

I have since then made couple of different dishes apart from the originally intended dish.

Stay tuned for the recipes made with this delicious aromatic masala powder.


vaishali sabnani July 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM  

The condiments vary a little and the spice pwds change!! marked to try this one.

Chandrani July 3, 2012 at 2:10 PM  

Very useful and flavorful powder.

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Nirmala Gurunathan July 3, 2012 at 2:46 PM  

Saw addition of some more spices than the usual one...Will try soon....

PJ July 3, 2012 at 3:03 PM  

Yes, its always handy to have homemade spice mixes ready at home..

Priya July 3, 2012 at 5:34 PM  

Wat a super flavourful powder, never tried homemade briyani masala powder,thanks for this wonderful post.

Jyoti July 3, 2012 at 6:27 PM  

this is really help ful.. I have made biriyani a couple of times but they arent really as falvourful. I bet home made spice will make a difference..

Gayathri Kumar July 3, 2012 at 7:06 PM  

Very aromatic powder..

Chef Mireille July 3, 2012 at 10:26 PM  

you are teaching me two new ingredients here - black stone flower and mogga. Will have to see if I can get these to try this

veena krishnakumar July 3, 2012 at 10:38 PM  

I needed this recipe for some time now. Bookmarking it valli

A Kamalika Krishmy July 3, 2012 at 10:42 PM  

Its always nice to make spice powders at home, the flavor is very authentic ..bookmarked valli

The Pumpkin Farm July 3, 2012 at 10:47 PM  

I have made just the garam masala (recipe due next week and am basking in my own glory...cannot wait to try this biryani masala...i m freaking out using store bought things off late...thanks for sharing

Jagruti July 4, 2012 at 2:41 AM  

very useful powder..must try..hey why don't you link this to my ongoing event..

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Sangeetha July 4, 2012 at 5:43 AM  

very flavorful spice powder...only once i tried this biryani powder but yours different from it...will try this soon
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Suma Gandlur July 4, 2012 at 6:46 AM  

Useful one Valli. Bookmarked it.

Pavani July 4, 2012 at 7:30 AM  

I usually end up buying biryani masala, so this recipe is going to be very helpful. Love the pictures too - I always wondered how to take pictures of masalas and the use of spices in your pics makes it very interesting and appealing.

Nalini's Kitchen July 4, 2012 at 7:57 AM  

Flavorful home made biriyani masala powder.

Jayanthi July 4, 2012 at 10:07 AM  

I need to try this powder as a variation to my masala spices in my biryani Valli....looking forward to that day...will let you know how it turned out.

sushma July 4, 2012 at 10:20 AM  

Its always good to use fresh masala's...will surely try this one

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi July 4, 2012 at 7:01 PM  

I agree these masala powders make our life easier specially when cooking for kids. This is surely worth our time ! Bookmarked.

Cool Lassi(e) July 5, 2012 at 4:32 PM  

I can almost smell the aroma of those wonderful spices. A good masala powder defines a biryani's taste! Lovely post!

Champa July 5, 2012 at 4:59 PM  

Homemade is always the best. Nice recipe.

rekhas kitchen July 6, 2012 at 12:36 PM  

I never tried this biriyani masala powders sounds very interesting Valli

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