Make Your Own Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute

Make Your Own Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute

The Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks was my first tryst with Pumpkin Pie Spice. Curious to know what it was I Googled it and realised that it was nothing but a variation of Garam Masala for us Indians 🙂 And to think all this while I was rejecting trying out recipes because I thought Pumpkin Pie Spice was not easily available in India – Ughhh what a waste!

Now, in this post I am not making Pumpkin Pie Spice (PPS) exactly but a substitute. You can buy PPS off Amazon. But if you are ok to make a substitute at home, then read on…


  • Cinnamon (dalchini) – 16 parts
  • Cloves (laung) – 4 parts
  • Nutmeg (Jaiphal) – 6 parts
  • Star Anise (Chakr Phool) – 6 parts
  • Dry Ginger Powder (Saunth) – 8 parts
  • Black Pepper (Kali Miri) – 4 parts (optional)

Break the spices into small pieces and grind in a kitchen grinder. Your Pumpkin Pie Spice substitute is ready 🙂

Grind ‘sabut garam masala‘ in the grinder
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute

How does this “substitute” differ from the actual Pumpkin Pie Spice?

The actual Pumpkin Pie Spice contains “All Spice” instead of “Star Anise”. However, the former isn’t easily available in India and hence I have substituted it with Star Anise and Black Pepper.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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