What is a good substitute for biryani masala?

Was wondering if there is something else in my pantry I could sub in for biryani masala? Thanks!

  • Posted by: Jul
  • June 21, 2021
Tempeh Biryani
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FeastwithSafiya August 15, 2021
I have a Biryani Spice blend Recipe. Https://feastwithsafiya.com
Nancy June 21, 2021
If you're going to make this and similar dishes enough to use up a blend, maybe make your own biryani masala. There's a separate recipe for it in this recipe for Pakistani Chicken Biryani.
It has many of the same spices used already in the recipe, with no one spice dominating.
AntoniaJames June 21, 2021
There are already a lot of spices in this biryani, more than I usually put in the biryanis I make using recipes calling for the same amount of rice.

I would use: 1/4 tsp ground fennel, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/8 tsp cloves, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp of ground cardamom and 1/4 tsp of cinnamon, along with an extra bay leaf added with the one that’s called for in the recipe.

If you feel like toasting and grinding any whole spices in the list above, by all means, do so. They'll make the biryani even better. It's a lot of work, however, so if I were in a hurry, I wouldn't bother.

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