The specific spices vary somewhat from region to region as with many spice blends from around the globe. Typically Tandori includes: garam masala, garlic, ginger, onion, cayenne pepper, and sometimes other spices. Tandoori masala is used extensively with dishes such as tandoori chicken. Tandoori chicken involves marinated the meat with yogurt and then seasoning with Tandori spice before being cooked over an intense fire in a tandoor, a clay oven.
Tandoori spice is most commonly used in tandoori chicken. A spice mixture primarily known for its intensely red color, the bright red hue is due to the addition of a few drops of red food coloring or by using harissa paste when preparing the dish. The result is a fire engine red roast chicken with plenty of punch and crispy skin.