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Chaat Masala powder in a gold bowl with a golden spoon sitting on a rustic surface

Easy, Authentic Chaat Masala Recipe

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Love Chaat Masala but want a fresher, healthier alternative to store-bought? This easy Chaat Masala recipe has been years in the making and tastes just like (if not better than) store-bought! The best part? You only need 5 essential ingredients to make it!
Course Spice Blends
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Diet Gluten Free, Halal
Keyword chaat masala, chaat masala powder, Chaat Masala recipe
Prep Time 10 mins
Servings 42 grams (1/4 cup)
Calories 3

Equipment

  • Spice Grinder

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds (zeera)
  • 2 tbsp dried green mango powder (amchoor)
  • 1 tbsp dried pomegranate seeds (anardana) or sub powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp black salt powder (kala namak) or sub pink salt or sea salt
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp red chili powder depending on how spicy you prefer it (See Note 1)
  • 1/4 tsp black peppercorns optional, plus more to taste
  • 3/4 tsp cane sugar optional
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala optional (See Note 2)

Instructions

  • Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and toast, stirring and shaking the skillet often, for 2-3 minutes. The cumin seeds will deepen in color and become highly aromatic. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
    Toasted cumin seeds in a black skillet
  • Meanwhile, add the remaining ingredients to the spice grinder. Once cooled, transfer the cumin seeds to a spice grinder.
    Spices in a spice grinder ready to be ground
  • Grind into a fine powder, shaking the spice grinder as needed to evenly distribute the powder. Store in an airtight spice jar for 6-8 weeks.
    Ground Homemade Chaat Masala in a spice grinder

Video

Notes

Yields ~ 42g (1/4 cup) – Enough for a small spice jar. Click 2x or 3x for larger quantities.
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Note 1: This also adds a reddish color. For more of a red hue, you can also add 1/4 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder or paprika. 
Note 2: Update 2022 - I've started adding 1/4 tsp garam masala to add more depth to the chaat masala. I know, I know...I'm straying from the original 5-ingredient recipe. I'll be changing the name to reflect that. 😅

Nutrition

Calories: 3kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg