Biryani masala powder or chicken masala powder can be used for prepare any kind of Biryani like a hyderabadi veg dum biryani or even a simple chicken hyderabadi biryani and even for chicken curry of your choice. Todays markets are flooded with ready made 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 or foils and handled with moist free spoons and hands.
For years i had been hunting for a good homemade biryani masala powder recipe that is suitable for home cooking that is not very pungent nor very spicy but should have a good and moderate aroma of spices.This particular recipe has been updated overtime for making it better. The original recipe that many of my blogger friends have tried from my blog is still the same except that i have added new ingredients to make it the best. To reduce your dish from becoming pungent, use in moderate quantities.
To retain the aroma of the biryani masala powder , make small packs of the powder using foil or freezer safe jars and freeze them and open and use them one after the other when you need it. You can even mill the ingredients which is often the best. Please stick on to the quantity of ingredients mentioned for best results.
Ingredients or spices used to make biryani masala or chicken masala powder
How to make biryani masala powder at home
1. Dry roast the spices one after the other on a low flame to prevent burning them. You could sun dry too instead of roasting or you could totally skip the process of roasting as i sometimes do and i find no difference.
2. Cool the spices and powder in a blender or you can mill it, sieve and store in an airtight jar. I powder the left over again and sieve, repeating the process thrice.
3. Store biryani masala powder in a clean airtight glass jar.
An image of kalpaasi, stone flower called as dagad phool in hyderabadi langauge. This is my latest addition to the biryani masala powder. Do not skip this if you intend to use it for chicken recipes.
Homemade biryani masala powder recipe
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 ½ tsp saunf / fennel seeds / sompu/ sombhu
- 2 star anise
- 6 Green cardamom
- 2 Black cardamom
- 1 tsp. Pepper corn
- 5 two inch cinnamon sticks
- 1 tbsp cloves
- 4 tbsps Coriander seeds
- 2 tbsps Shahi jeera
- 1 Mace flower or strands from 1 flower
- ½ tsp grated Nutmeg
- 3 medium sized stone flowers/ kalpaasi / dagad phool
- Clean up the spices one after the other to pick and discard stones and debris
- On a low flame, dry roast the spices each separately and cool them or Sun dry for a day or two till they turn crisp
- Blend them or mill them to a fine powder.
- Sieve and store birynani masala powder in an airtight glass jar.
- Use as needed while making vegetable biryani or chicken biryani. 1 tsp per cup of rice makes a good aromatic biryani. To make chicken masala curry, use as needed based on the recipe.
Roasting and sun drying are done to bring out the aroma of the spices and to prevent the masala powder from getting worms or going rancid. If you are going to refrigerate the powder, you can skip the roasting part. i just take my spices right from the freezer , measure and make the powder. The powder warms up on its own by the time it is fine powdered.
Saunf or fennel seeds can be increased to 1 to 1.5 tbsps. if you like the flavor.