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Spice Advice: Tandoori Masala

Spice Advice: Tandoori Masala


Spicy, tangy, and bright. A blend engineered to impart maximum flavor, even for those of you without a clay tandoori oven (winky face). The clay oven, known as a tandoor, has been a part of Indian and Pakistani cuisine dating back thousands of years. Originally used to make breads like naan & roti, it wasn’t till the late 1940’s that tandoori cooking would start to become the culinary icon we know today. ⁣

Which, we owe big time to one guy, Kundan Lala Gujral—a chef who first started experimenting with the tandoor oven in the 1920’s at a restaurant in Pakistan. Gujral began cooking chicken in the restaurant’s tandoor, marinating it in yogurt & a special blend of spices (a.k.a. Tandoori Masala). This method kept the outside super crispy (yummm!) & the inside tender. What made the dish even more popular was Gujral’s choice of spices which ended up giving the chicken a gorgeous, vibrant red hue. Delicious & not bad to look at. Obviously, people were into it. Behold, Tandoori Chicken. ⁣

In the 40’s, Gujral was forced to go back to India where he opened up his own restaurant featuring his soon-to-be iconic Tandoori Chicken. He also went on to create other Indian faves like Butter Chicken using his go-to blend of spices, Tandoori Masala. Side note: Gujral’s restaurant Moti Mahal in Delhi is still open! Currently owned by his grandson Monish Gujral, the restaurant is now a chain w/ locations across the U.S. so hit ‘em up for some tasty bites once these Rona days are over.

Since most of us don’t have a tandoor chilling at home, we hit our version of Gujral’s blend w/ some powerful flavors to help recreate those smoky, earthy notes. Made w/ Kashmiri Chilli Powder, Kasoori Methi, Turmeric, Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder, Garam Masala, Ginger Powder, Garlic Powder, & Chaat Masala. 10/10 recommend using as a dry rub for meats, or in your fave curry. Also amazing paired w/ yogurt for a quick & tasty marinade for veggies, tofu, or whatever you’re trying to grill/roast these days. Available in single tins, or in our Signature Blends Collection now 20% off!


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