Biryani masala is a spice mix that is used to prepare fragrant biryani rice like chicken biryani or vegetable biryani. Biryani Masala is essentially a variation of garam masala. The difference between the two is in the proportion of spices. The recipe for Garam Masala itself changes from one household to another and it is really hard to come up with a standard recipe. Though biryani masala is sold commercially under various brand names but being a household product it is very easy to prepare this masala at home. Just dry roast 3 red chillies and 7 bay leaves in a thick bottomed pan till they turn crisp. Once done, keep it aside. Now dry roast 2 tbsp coriander seeds, 1 tbsp cumin and 1 tbsp caraway seeds till they turn aromatic. Also, dry roast 3 mace, 2-inch cinnamon stick, 1 nutmeg, 1 tsp cloves, 3 black cardamoms, 3 star anise, 10 cardamoms, 1 tbsp pepper and 1 tsp fennel / saunf. Now transfer the masalas to a blender and blend it well to get a fine powder. Once done, store biryani masala powder in an airtight container and use to prepare biryani.
If buying the commercially prepared masala make sure to go for well packed and sealed masala powder. Open packs or loose masala either loose their aroma very soon or get infested by moths and insects.
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