How to make Homemade Basic Tandoori Paste

This Tandoori Paste makes for a delightful and flavorful addition to your Indian recipes. A truly authentic base for Tandoori chicken, fish, or vegetables, this paste can accentuate the natural flavors in your favorite dishes. Easy to prepare, this paste can be made ahead of time and stored for future use, making it a quintessential ingredient in your kitchen pantry.



number of servings
  • 6 cloves fresh garlic Added to
  • 1 stalk Lemongrass (Optional) Added to
  • 2 slices Fresh Ginger (About two inches) Added to
  • 2 tbls paprika powder Added to
  • 2 tbls ground cumin Added to
  • 2 tbls ground coriander Added to
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric Added to
  • 1 tablespoon Cayenne Pepper (Adjust per heat preference) Added to
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala Added to
  • 2 tbls lemon juice Added to
  • 2 tbls vegetable oil Added to
  • salt to taste Added to


10 min.
1. Step

Prep your ingredients: Peel the garlic cloves, slice the fresh ginger, and trim the lemongrass stalk.

2. Step

Blend all ingredients in a mixer or food processor until they form a smooth paste. If the mixture is too dry, add either a bit more oil or a little bit of water.

3. Step

Season with salt to your preference, then blend again briefly to incorporate it.

4. Step

Transfer the paste into a clean jar or another storage container. If not using right away, add a thin layer of oil on top to preserve it. Store the paste in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.



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