Homemade Biryani Masala Powder

Homemade Biryani Masala Powder
Homemade Biryani Masala Powder

                 This Homemade Biryani Masala Powder can be used for preparing  simple biryanis and hyderabadi dum biryanis and even for curries of your choice.
Todays markets are flooded with ready powders and masalas that many buy them instead of preparing at home. But making biryani masala powder at home  is just very easy and it can be prepared in bulk and freezed. It lasts for an year, if packed in separate containers  and handled with moist free spoons and hands.
To retain the aroma of the spice powders , make small packs of these using foil or freezer safe jars and freeze them and open and use them one after the other when you need it.

1 bay leaf (updated)
2 star anise
6 Green cardamom
2 Black cardamom
1 tsp. Pepper corn (can increase to 2 and a 1/2 tsp if you can take hot and spicy masala, but i use 1 tsp)
5 two inch cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp cloves
4 tbsps Coriander seeds
2 tbsps Shahi jeera (can increase to 4 tbsps, if you like much flavour, i use 2)
1 Mace flower or strands from 1 flower
½ tsp grated Nutmeg

Dry roast, cool and powder, sieve and store in an airtight jar.  i powder the left over again & sieve , repeating  the process thrice.

Tip: you can use 1 ½ tsps of this powder for 1 cup of rice

Note: you can use the left over pow for your curries or for making masala tea. do not use coarse masala for making biryani as it totally spoils your dish.