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Garam Masala 1
Contributed by: MayflowersAdded: Jul 15, 2008 at 07:54 PM


This spice is used in Indian food recipes. My cookbook has 8 different versions alone. It can be made hot or mild, according to individual taste.

  • 6 cloves of mace
  • 1/4 cup black peppercorns (whole)
  • 3 Tablespoons whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks [3 to 4 inches in length]
  • 2 or 3 Tablespoons green cardamom seeds (do not include the pod)
  • 2/3 cup coriander seeds (whole)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ajwain seeds [not found in TypeBase]
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 cassia or bay leaves
How to make it:
  1. Pour all ingredients, except powdered spices into a dry saute pan and toast on stove on low heat, stirring every 5 minutes, for about 15 minutes.
  2. Remove toasted spices from heat and grind in a spice grinder or coffee grinder to a powder.
  3. Sift through a small sieve and mix with remaining powdered spices.
  4. Allow to cool thoroughly.
  5. Date and label containers. Finished garam masala will last for no longer than 4-5 months. When it becomes stale, it loses its impact. Store in a cool dry place.