Chana Masala Powder

My preferred spice blend for making Chana Masala, or Chole.  Highly aromatic with a kick.  Shop-bought ground spice blends really are over-rated unless you have a good source and can get through them really quickly. Making your own from whole spices as and when you need it ensures the best flavours are retained Makes about 5 tbsp


  • 2 tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 2 tsp Black Peppercorns
  • 1″ Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 dried Red Chillies
  • 6 cloves
  • 5 Black Cardamom Pods (seeds only)
  • 5 Green Cardamom Pods (seeds only)
  • Small piece of mace
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger


  • Throw all of the spices into a coffee grinder and blend until smooth
  • Pass contents through a fine sieve, and regrind the coarser remnants
  • Store in an airtight jar until required


Do you want to make the best Chana Masala?  Try this recipe now!

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