Jikoni Magic's Homemade Pilau Masala Mix
Jikoni Magic's Homemade Pilau Masala Mix
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
4 mins
Total Time
5 mins

Jikoni Magic's Homemade Pilau Masala Mix is a blend of dry roasted whole spices to intensify their aroma, which, are then ground to a coarse powder before being stored in an airtight container.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Kenyan
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 star anise
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 12 cardamom pods
  • 1/4 Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 Inch Cinnamon sticks
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 tsp Coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds
  1. Dry roast the spices for about 20 seconds so as to intensify the flavor.

  2. Grind them using a coffee grinder. You can also go the pestle and motor way. However, if you do decide to do that, omit the fenugreek seeds as they will not break.

  3. Store in an airtight container.

  4. Enjoy!!

Recipe Notes
  1. Dry roast the whole spices on medium heat to prevent them from burning.
  2. Always prepare a small batch at a time because once you grind spices they tend to lose their flavour very fast.
  3. Use cloves and nutmeg spices sparingly because they are very potent and can end up overwhelming the whole blend.
  4. If using pestle and mortar instead of a spice grinder then do not include fenugreek seeds in the pilau masala because they are very hard and will not break down.