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How to make Mastic Powder

How to make Mastic Powder

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Mastic Powder (Masticha pr. mah-STEE-hah in Greek) (pistacia lentiscus var. chia ), is produced in the island of Chios and comes in resins or tears as they are called.

It is very aromatic and used to flavour sweet and savoury food. 


Masticha has a wonderful but acquired taste, so a small quantity to start with is advisable.  A few mastic resins, 5 – 6 (depending on size) or one tsp masticha sugar, is enough to start with.

Increase gradually if you want a more intense taste.

Masticha and Sugar

Like all resins, when it is hot it is soft and hardens when the temperature is low.  This is the reason why it is advisable to put it in the refrigerator or deep freezer before pounding or grinding it.   Each time you want to use it add a few resins and some sugar (for desserts) or salt for savoury recipes and using a pestle and mortar pound it until powdered.

Wooden Pestle and Mortars

If you have an electric grinder it is even better.

Masticha and grinder

In the past I have ground the whole package of mastic with sugar in order to avoid pounding or grinding it each time I need to use some. However, after a while it became one body and it was difficult to take it out of the jar and of course had to pound it again.

This time I decided to try a new method. What makes it petrify, I thought?  Humidity.  Since we use rice in the salt shaker, in order to absorb humidity, I thought why not try it with masticha as well.  I tried and tested it and it works fine.

grinding masticha

Since I have made a lot and will be using it in my recipes, I decided to post it in order to link to this post in the future.

When using it in recipes, just sieve the amount needed and discard rice or put it back in the container.

Masticha sugar

How to make Masticha Powder, recipe by Ivy

Preparation time: 2 – 3 minutes

Makes: 7 tbsp powdered sugar or 3 powdered salt


  • 1 tbsp masticha resins
  • 6 tbsp sugar (or 4 tsp salt)
  • 1 tbsp rice


  1. Put sugar and mastic resins in an electric mill and grind until powdered, or use a pestle and mortar, which of course will take much more time.
  2. Mix in the rice and store in an air tight container or a small jar with a lid.


Depending on the recipe, start with 1 tsp of mastic sugar to flavour your desserts.

In countries where mastic is not available you can find it on-line but of course in all my recipes you can susbstitute it with vanilla, cardamon etc.

Masticha sugar with rice

Recipes in which I have used masticha:

Paris on Ice:  Masticha Yoghurt Dessert

Panna Cotta with Masticha

Revani with Masticha Frosting

Greek inspired Banana Bread and Cupcakes with Masticha Frosting

Garides Saganaki me Masticha

Greek Flavoured Waffles

Masticha Macarons

Caramelized masicha Rice Pudding

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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Banana Wonder

Monday 26th of August 2013

Mmmm love that mastiha! It's pretty amazing how many people love it without having grown up with it. The only complaint I've ever gotten was from my husband who doesn't like kissing my cheek after I've put mastiha cream on. Bah! Love all your mastiha recipes Ivy! Keep them coming!


Sunday 25th of August 2013

Mastic...this is something completely new to me. Hope some day I will get to try it!


Sunday 25th of August 2013

A great tip/recipe!



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