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Diaspora Co's Biryani Masala Master Guide
Recipe by: Asha Loupy
Say hello to our sixth house masala: Biryani Masala. This masala was chosen by you — our spicy lil community — during our 2022 March Masala Madness. Biryani is a celebration of aromatic, spice-laden rice cooked with hearty, marinated fillings. Every region of South Asia boasts their take on biryani as being the best there is. Without taking sides, we're proud to have created a blend that makes a damn good platter of biryani on its own, or acts as a deeply flavorful base for you to make a specific regional variation with! A perfect balance of spicy, salty, warming, earthy, and umami flavors, our masala is at once decadent and simple, distinct and customizable.
Our house biryani masala is a blend of 16 spices — sourced from 68 small regenerative family farms across South Asia — with a base of cumin, coriander, and fennel for tantalizing aroma and earthiness. Then cinnamon, mace, nutmeg, and black pepper is layered in for warmth; black cardamom for fragrant smokiness; Kashmiri chillies for a whisper of heat; turmeric, green cardamom, and tejpatta for extra richness. Plus this blend also has ground ginger and garlic in it, eliminating having to chop the fresh stuff! Read more about Mughal cuisine and the origins of biryani and pulao here.
Use this recipe to create a simple, yet stunning chicken biryani or use the masala as a flavor base for:
These four regional-inspired recipes are just a sampling of the amazing biryani made across the Indian subcontinent and South Asian diaspora — if you use our house masala in one of your family's recipes, we want to hear about it! Send us an email, a DM, or share a photo and tag us on Instagram.