Posted by: marthabernie | March 1, 2014

How to Make Your Own Garam Masala

I usually buy garam masala in a jar at the store, but occasionally, if I am really into making an Indian curry or other Indian dish, I will make my own.  This recipe is much better than anything you can buy in the store.  I don’t have a spice grinder, but my small mini-food processor works just fine.


1 tablespoon black peppercorns

2 tablespoons cumin seeds

2 tablespoons coriander seeds

2 teaspoons cardamom seeds

4 teaspoons whole cloves

1/2 inch stick of cinnamon

1 whole nutmeg

Roast all the spices, apart from the nutmeg, in a dry frying pan over medium heat for a couple of minutes until toasted and aromatic.  Cool.  Grate the nutmeg and add to spice grinder along with whole spices (break up the cinnamon stick) and grind everything to a fine powder.  Store in a sealed contained out of sunlight.  It keeps for about a month.

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