Mala Spice Mix

Skip to Recipe

This is the ultimate versatile spice mix, good as a marinade, seasoning, and dry rub or just sprinkled on popcorn. It's no wonder it's one of Fly By Jing's best-selling products. I always have at least a few jars on hand to add oomph to my favorite dishes such as Lazi Chicken Wings, smashed crispy potatoes, grilled fish, and roasted sheet pan chicken thighs.

Serving size: Makes 1/2 cup
Opened Mala Spice Mix jar with fried chicken
  • ⅓ cup / 50g dried erjingtiao chili, cut into segments

  • 2 Tbsp cumin seeds

  • 1½ tsp fennel seeds

  • 2 pieces star anise

  • 2 pieces cardamom

  • 1 tsp cloves

  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar

  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt


In a wok or frying pan over medium-low heat, toast the chili, cumin, fennel, star anise, cardamom, and cloves until fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to a small bowl and let cool.

Add the sugar and salt to the toasted mixture and mix well. Using a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder, grind the entire mixture until it reaches a fine powder consistency.