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Tikka Masala Spice Mix

5 min

Homemade staple

Tikka masala is a blend of aromatic and warm spices. The sweet paprika powder and chili give it a signature red colour. It's great to use in preparing Indian-inspired dishes like our Quick Tofu Tikka Masala recipe.


(1 Tbsp per serving)


5 min


5 min

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  • 2 Tbsp (11 g)
    ground coriander
  • 2 Tbsp (14 g)
    paprika powder
  • 1 Tbsp (6 g)
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp (1 g)
    dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tsp (3 g)
    chili powder
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    ground ginger
  • 1 tsp (3 g)
    ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp
    ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp
    ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp
    ground black pepper


  1. Mix all the spices together in a small jar. Enjoy!


  • Store in a well-sealed jar away from direct sunlight for up to 6 months.

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Daine - Feb. 27, 2024, 6:50 p.m.

A really nice mix ,it was a success with fussy hubby although I did reduce the chilli powder to 1/2 tsp which made it mild, just how we like it

PUL Team - Feb. 28, 2024, 12:10 a.m.

So happy to hear, Daine, thank you! 😊

Charles - Jan. 14, 2024, 12:13 p.m.

Used it en it was good

Honey - Aug. 28, 2023, 4:13 p.m.

This is a very nice warm spice that is new to me and I’m digging it. I love how you guys break it down to be able to make our owns spices, it’s so much easier.
I was wondering if you guys can give the recipe to make the Garam Masala Spice Mix. I seen the article with the spices but I didn’t see where it gave the measurements or ratios…you think you can help with that?


PUL Team - Aug. 31, 2023, 6:38 a.m.

Aw we're so happy to hear, Honey, thank you! We've noted down the request for a Garam Masala Spice Mix recipe 😎

Marnie - July 21, 2023, 12:19 p.m.

This is my favorite tikka masala recipe. I have to make it in big batches as I use it often and gift it to friends and family.

PUL Team - July 25, 2023, 1:22 a.m.

A lovely compliment, Marnie, thank you so much! We're so honoured you're gifting the spice mix 🥰

Martunia - May 13, 2023, 2:04 p.m.

Great spice blend! I made it to try out your tofu tikka madala recipe and I wasn't disappointed. Side note: there's something incredibly therapeutic in preparing home-made spice blends 😌

PUL Team - May 13, 2023, 8:46 p.m.

So thrilled to hear, Martunia! Homemade spice blends are one of our favourites 🤩

Natasha Carmel - March 30, 2023, 6:19 p.m.

Hi Sadia,I make my own spices, I will post you if want to sample.When I am hosting guest, I freshly grind my spices.Watching all your gorgeous vegan videos, I played around with new flavors and thanks to your recipes developed new flavors.PUL best channel.

PUL Team - March 30, 2023, 6:47 p.m.

Hey Natasha, aw thanks for the kind words and for helping make our PUL community so special 💛

Scott - Feb. 18, 2023, 7:44 p.m.

Is chili power the powdered chili with heat or the American style spice mix?

PUL Team - Feb. 19, 2023, 1:19 a.m.

A lovely question, Scott! We use a generic chili powder from our local grocery store in the Netherlands which doesn't specify anything else. If you're in North America, it's likely the chili powder is more mild, so you can stand to use more. If you're in the EU, perhaps add less to start and add more to taste when cooking to help avoid too much spice 😃

Betsy L - May 29, 2023, 6:55 p.m.

Hello there! I’m an American living in the Netherlands, and I thought I could clear up this question :) there is definitely a difference between the American version of “chili powder” and the one specified here. The American version is a spice mix used often in Tex Mex dishes and American style chili. The one available in the Netherlands is a pure, single-ingredient chili powder (not a mix), so for Americans this would be more like cayenne pepper powder!

Colleen Kennealy - Feb. 18, 2023, 4:12 a.m.

Thanks for the Tikka Masala Spice Mix recipe. One question, Sadia. When you say "chili powder," can I assume you mean Indian chili powder (e.g., Kashmiri chili powder) that is pure red chilis? I live in the US where "chili powder" is usually a milder blend of chilis and other spices.

PUL Team - Feb. 19, 2023, 12:59 a.m.

Hey Colleen, we use a generic chili powder from our local grocery store in the Netherlands, it doesn't specify anything else. If you're in North America, it's likely the chili powder is more mild, so you can use more if you enjoy an extra kick. You could also opt to add it during cooking to taste if needed 🙂

Wendy - Feb. 9, 2023, 9:21 p.m.

How many teaspoons per curry for 4

PUL Team - Feb. 9, 2023, 11:14 p.m.

Hey Wendy, we enjoy just over 2 tablespoons of the spice mix in our Quick Tofu Tikka Masala recipe for four servings:… 🙂

Ania - Jan. 1, 2023, 11:20 p.m.

Makes "curry nights" so much more speedy in our home! Just scoop and done, love that i don't have to fuss with finding all the different spice jars.

Anna - Nov. 20, 2022, 9:10 a.m.

Hi. I cannot fing fenugreek in my local grocery store. Is it necessary in this spice mix or can it be omitted? Thanks a lot. Anna

PUL Team - Nov. 20, 2022, 8:02 p.m.

Hey, Anna, you can omit them if needed. In case it helps, we've had better luck finding dried fenugreek leaves in the international aisle or in ethnic grocery stores. An alternative dried leaf such as celery also provides a similar savoury and nutty flavour 🤗

Colleen Kennealy - Feb. 18, 2023, 3:22 a.m.

Anna, you can also find dried fenugreek leaves on They have quite a variety--big bags, small jars, etc.

Ines - Nov. 9, 2022, 3:20 p.m.

Amazing!! I prepared this yesterday and the smell and taste are incredible, thank you!

PUL Team - Nov. 9, 2022, 11:01 p.m.

Thank you, Ines 😃

Dimi - Nov. 1, 2022, 8:36 p.m.

Been adding this to curries the last couple of weeks - love it!

PUL Team - Nov. 2, 2022, 4:41 a.m.

It means so much, Dimi - thank you!

Amelia - Oct. 30, 2022, 12:51 a.m.

Such a handy spice mix! I've been adding it to curries and it's perfect. It beats measuring out spices one at a time when I'm tired and just want food in my belly as quick as possible 😂

PUL Team - Oct. 30, 2022, 2:37 a.m.

So glad it's being enjoyed, Amelia 😃

John - Oct. 14, 2022, 9:39 a.m.

I love that you guys always give spice blend recipes in case we can't find them. You really think of everything! Thank you!!

PUL Team - Oct. 14, 2022, 10:22 p.m.

Thank you, John, happy cooking!