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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.

Best Used By Blood Types:
  • Type A Non Secretor (1 beneficials)
  • Type AB Non Secretor (2 beneficials)
  • Other
  • 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.

BTD Core Ingredients Analysis:

NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Mace  N N N N N N A A
Nutmeg1 N N N N N N A N
Clove  N N N N N N N N
Bay Leaf1 N N N B N N N B
Cardamom  N N N N N N N N
Ginger1 B B N B B B B B
Cinnamon1 N N N N A A N A
Coriander  N N N N N N N N
Pepper (Black/ Peppercorn) Fre...1 A N A N A N N N
[1] This recipe uses ingredients which may help limit bacterial overgrowth.

  • This recipe is low in common allergens.
  • This recipe is gluten free.
  • This recipe uses ecologically friendly ingredients.

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    Revision History:
    • Revised Sep 23, 2010 at 09:56 PM By: Dr. Pepper