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Biryani Spice

Biryani Spice, a combination of aromatic spices that are mixed together to make an exotic spice blend. The spices used include curry, turmeric, allspice, cardamom, among other fragrant spices.
Course: Spices
Cuisine: Assyrian, Indian, Middle Eastern
Servings: 4 servings


  • ¼ cup allspice
  • ¼ cup hot curry
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves


  • Mix the spices together until combined. You should have approximately 2/3 cup of Biryani spice, enough to make Biryani on four different occasions.
  • At this point, you can store the biryani spice mix to use in any recipe that calls for it.
  • If you use this blend in my Instant pot Biryani recipe, you will need to add the 2 teaspoons of salt that the recipe calls for.
  • Or you can add salt to the entire mix now to avoid that extra step later. To do this, just add 2 tablespoons plus 2 1/4 teaspoons (or approximately 8 teaspoons) of salt to the Biryani spice.
  • Instead of using the homemade biryani seasoning found in the chicken biryani recipe, you will use 4 teaspoons of the salted Biryani Spice instead.
  • If you use the measurements above, you should have enough to make biryani 4 different times.
  • Be sure to clearly label the Biryani Seasoning so that you can easily find it the next time you want to cook Biryani. If you decide to include the salt, make sure that's labeled clearly as well so that you don't accidentally add extra salt. 


  • Using fresh spices is always preferred, especially whole spices.
  • I highly recommend toasting the spices in a pan until fragrant to wake up their flavors prior to grinding them.
  • If you make more Biryani Spice than you need or don't plan on making biryani too often, store the seasoning in the freezer until needed.
  • Dividing the mixture into four servings is another great idea. Each serving will be enough for making one pot of Biryani.