More flavor in less time, this all purpose spicy masala seasoning will enhance curries, roasted vegetables, rice, meat dishes, and spiced nuts among endless options.
This is a quick and easy spice blend that uses already ground versions of Indian spices for convenience.
If you prefer to grind whole spices (coriander seeds, cumin seeds) you can heat them in a dry skillet and then use a spice grinder or mortar and pestle once cooled.
We like to use the base of our cast iron tagine to roast spices over medium heat on the stove top. But you can use any dry pan (without oil).
Be careful not to burn your spices. You will need to keep a close eye on them and stir frequently. When they are aromatic, you can transfer to a dish to let them cool before you grind them.
You will get more flavor by grinding the spices yourself, but it does take more time.
If you love Indian food, it’s a great idea to have a masala spice blend to use again and again. Have it prepped ahead to save you time in the kitchen. You will appreciate having it on hand because it works well in so many dishes, especially when you find yourself short on time with a busy schedule.
This is a basic seasoning blend with some of the main spices used in Indian food, but there are of course so many more spices. You can use this blend as well as any additional spices that you love to add.
You might like to adjust the amount of salt and chili pepper to your preference.
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Ingredients in All Purpose Spicy Masala Seasoning
- Garam Masala
- Chili Pepper
How To Make All Purpose Spicy Masala Seasoning
It’s really simple to make this spicy masala blend. Just add your ground spices to a bowl and combine thoroughly.
Pour the blend into a spice jar and keep sealed in a cool place to ensure maximum freshness.
If you regularly cook Indian food and spicy dishes, you will likely have many of these spices already. Keep in mind that spices lose their freshness over time so you will want to ensure yours are still fresh if you’ve had them for awhile.
If you find you need to purchase some, you can often find them in bulk so that you can purchase only what you need. Although, purchasing spices in sealed containers might be a better idea if you use a lot.
You can store your all purpose spicy masala seasoning in a sealed spice jar for several months.
Best Uses For All Purpose Spicy Masala Seasoning
This spicy masala blend is our go to for virtually any oven roasted vegetable dish.
Lately, one of our favorites has been this Masala Roasted Carrots and Parsnips. You can prepare asparagus or other vegetables similarly by tossing with olive oil and a teaspoon or so of this blend before oven roasting.
We use it in our BBQ Dry Rub seasoning blend, that is part of our Honey BBQ Instant Pot Pork Spare Ribs recipe and can also be used in our Almond Flour Parmesan Baked Chicken Nuggets if you like a spicier chicken nugget.
This masala seasoning consists of many of the common spices used in Indian cuisine, so you can add this to many rice dishes as well as curries. You can also easily combine with additional spices if you prefer.
We like to spice up pecans, walnut halves, almonds and other nuts with this recipe. It is so easy, only takes a few minutes and you have a caramelized savory snack with a good crunch and some heat.
We come up with uses for this everyday because there’s always something new to try. Trust us, you will never run out of ideas for this seasoning blend.
Because it’s spicy, you might want to plan to serve with yogurt or raita, or a cooling yogurt based drink like lassi. Try this easy instant pot homemade yogurt to use in any of these yogurt recipes!
More Easy Homemade Spice Blends
- All Purpose Spice Blend — for dishes that require less spice, this is a milder every day blend for many common recipes.
- Doner Kebab Spice (Kebabkrydda) — a Turkish inspired seasoning blend for homemade doner kebab recipes. We use it in Instant Pot doner kebab and kebab sauce. Enjoy your restaurant experience easily at home with these easy recipes!
- BBQ Dry Rub Without Sugar — made up of a specific ratio of three common seasoning blends (all purpose spice, all purpose spicy masala blend and pumpkin pie spice blend).
- Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend — this is the spice blend for all of your fall season pumpkin recipes!
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You can enjoy this spicy masala seasoning in many vegetable dishes. It’s easy to combine some fresh veggies with a little oil and masala spice blend. We especially love spicy masala oven roasted asparagus.
All Purpose Spicy Masala Seasoning
- 2½ tablespoons Garam Masala
- 1½ tablespoons Cumin
- 1½ tablespoons Coriander
- 1 tablespoon Turmeric
- 1 tablespoon Salt, Himalayan
- ½ tablespoon Chili Pepper
- Add all ingredients to a medium sized bowl.
- Combine well.
- Pour into a spice jar or air tight container.
The above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide. If you are following a specific diet or have dietary restrictions, please use your preferred nutritional calculator. If you have a food allergy please ensure that none of the listed ingredients are part of your restrictions. As well, always use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking temperature of the food items.