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Piri Piri Spice Mix

Jul 10, 2013         44 comments.

Piri Piri Spice Mix Recipe

Peri peri or the Piri Piri spice mix is a relatively new term in my culinary world.

And I have to thank McDonald’s for getting me acquainted with this beauty of a spice!

Priced at 15 bucks a sachet, this over expensive exotic blend of spices succeeded in getting my attention – not just because they tasted mega awesome with my large bag of french fries (guilty!), but also because they tasted even better as “residues” left on my fingers!

I usually like to make a lot of blend of spices at home for 2 reasons – 1) It is cheaper 2) You can control the amount of salt and customize it to suit your taste!

Which is exactly what I did. This is my favorite Piri Piri spice mix recipe. And I’ve gotta say – it tastes exactly like store bought Piri Piri spice mix.


You’ll need –

Piri Piri Spice Mix Recipe

Just add all the powders to a mixing bowl

Piri Piri Spice Mix Recipe

Mix extremely well to form a smooth powder

Piri Piri Spice Mix Recipe

That’s it!

Piri Piri Spice Mix Recipe

Store in air tight jars and for safety – in the fridge upto 2 months. πŸ™‚

Piri Piri Spice Mix Recipe


Piri Piri Spice Mix

  • Author: Kavitha
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Total Time: 2 mins
  • Yield: 1/2 cup 1x


  • 1 teaspoon Salt (I like to use Black Salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cardamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground dry Ginger
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground Cayenne Pepper or Piri Piri Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Hot Pepper Flakes (Chilli flakes)
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon Oregano


  • You can adjust any spice amounts to suit your taste


  1. Just add all the powders to a mixing bowl
  2. Mix extremely well to form a smooth powder
  3. Store in air tight jars and for safety – in the fridge upto 2 months


44 Comments on “Piri Piri Spice Mix

  1. Hi Kavitha …. Nice Recipe just wanted to know, on foods these piri piri masala can be added

    normal snacks like boiled eggs, pop corn, etc etc or it can be added to the starter items, main course items as well ???

    1. No they did not. It was invented by Portuguese people in Mozambique. Peri peri was around long long before Nando.

  2. Hey! I know this is so late, but I’m an Indian who lives in US and I tried this once when I visited India! It was super good, but do I need to add CARDAMON in it? Is it essential?

  3. Hey Kavitha,
    Your recipe for piri piri sounds quite interesting. Can you please tell me where can I find Ground dry Ginger, Paprika & Cayenne Pepper or Piri Piri Pepper in Mumbai. Please reply as soon as possible.

    1. Hi Shweta,
      You can find them in any supermarket or grocery store actually. Big Bazaar, Reliance, Mani, Arife in Crawford etc. all carry these ground spices. Piri Piri pepper is a bit difficult to get but you can try one of the many shops in Crawford market. Or as a substitute, you can use any spicy dry chilli you can find.

      1. Thanks for your reply kavitha πŸ™‚ I really appreciate it. Can you please suggest me some good brand names for paprika powder, dry ginger powder & piri piri pepper? As there many brands available in the supermarket.

        1. uh.. honestly, I don’t think there’s much difference.. I just pick up whatever is visible! πŸ™‚ I couldn’t tell you the brand name now since I’m not sure what I used back then!

  4. Five stars for this recipe… I am big fan of McDonald peri peri.. I just tried this at home after reading your recipe… It tastes absolutely similar to what we eat at McDonald… My family loved it…

  5. Love this blend. I was introduced to Piri-Piri Spice Blend while watching a cooking show and looked on line for a recipe. Luckily, I found yours and made it immediately. My husband loves the “heat” and blend of flavors. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi Rahul!
      I checked the link you posted. If you have purchased that, can you lemme know is that the actual Peri Peri masala ready to go or just the Peri Peri pepper as one of the ingredients for the recipe posted by Kavita.

      Thanks πŸ™‚

  6. Hi..where i can find the oregano in mumbai, in super market it is expensive, where can i buys at less price

    1. Hello, I buy a bottle of it from my local grocery store. There are only 1 or 2 brands of Oregano mix available in India and they are all priced similarly whether in super market or otherwise. If you eat Pizzas, you can always save their pack of Oregano spice mix to use here! πŸ™‚ Otherwise, simply skip the Oregano.

  7. Hey kavitha,
    Happy to see this recipe of yours , can’t wait to try it, do you think I can use it to marinate chicken by adding this peri peri mix with yoghurt and like or something and marinate chicken and grill it or something . If yes , then what amount do I need for a kilo of chicken and how much yoghurt etc ? Hope you help πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Aayush,
      While I’m a vegetarian and haven’t cooked meat, I’m sure you can use this to marinate chicken and any other meat just like you would do with any spice blend. And honestly, since I don’t know much about cooking chicken, I wouldn’t be able to tell you how much you’d need. But if you’ve ever grilled chicken with other spices, you can use Piri Piri in the same amounts… Also, the amount of spice required would ultimately depend on how spicy you want your Chicken to be.

      Hope this helps!

  8. hi,
    can you tell me where to find cayenne and paprika? if you could suggest some place in pune that would be so great. thanks.

  9. Hi Kavita,
    I was searching for the ingredients you have mentioned. When i search for Cayenne Pepper, it shows me red chili powder and it shows the same for Paprika. Can you tell me whats the difference and the indian names for these.
    Thanks πŸ™‚

  10. hi kavitha,
    by reading your recipe it sounds quite similar to the actual piri piri that Mcdonalds sell
    are you 100% sure thats the recipe for the spice mix because the ingredients also says some anti caking agent E551
    but otherwise i found this information quite useful

    1. You’re right! I actually got a lot of their ingredients from the back of the little sachet of Piri Piri spice they sell πŸ™‚ However, I avoided the anti caking agent and other chemical stuff just because I don’t think we need to include any more unnatural products to our food! And since this is homemade, you can pretty much make it whenever you want. So it doesn’t need to be stored for a long time >> which means we don’t have to bother with anti caking agents! πŸ™‚

      On the other hand, this spice came as close to the McDonald’s Piri Piri spice. And since that is the only Piri Piri I have ever tasted, I feel like it is quite right.. But then, it can never be like the industrially produced spice mixtures of course.
      Hope this helps!

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