Garam Masala (Spice Mix)

I love the smell of garam masala more than I love the smell of coffee in the morning.  Okay, not more than morning coffee brewing because coffee… but pretty close.

Garam masala is readily available as a premixed spice blend in most supermarkets in Canada these days.  But the premixed spice will never be as fragrant and as rich as when you make it yourself.  It’s even better if you toast the spices a little before grinding them.

Make garam masala in small batches, as there is not salt in the blend and some of the spices used have a tendency to turn stale quicker than others (particularly the cloves and nutmeg).

Oma’s Garam Masala

12 green cardamom pods
2 tablespoons coriander seed
1 tablespoon cumin seed
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 teaspoon cloves
1 heaping teaspoon fennel seed
3″ cinnamon stick
1 star anise pod
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Lightly crack the green cardamom pods in a mortar and pestle, with the flat side of a large blade or other blunt instrument and extract the seeds.  Discard the pod casing.  Add the cardamom seed and all other ingredients together in a spice grinder, coffee mill or mortar and pestle and grind to a fine powder.

Store garam masala in a dry, dark place for longest lasting results.

TIPS:  Use a glass or stainless steel jar to store the garam masala.  Plastic containers tend to absorb the flavours and odours of the cinnamon, cloves, anise and nutmeg, making the container unusable for other purposes.

Enjoy!

Peace and love!

Himmat

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6 thoughts on “Garam Masala (Spice Mix)

  1. […] Garam Masala – a northern Indian spice mixture that is available in many Canadian supermarkets and in Indian markets.  To make 1/4 cup for yourself (I apologize that I don’t know where I noted this recipe from) – Toast 2 tbsp coriander seeds and 1 tbsp cumin seeds in a dry skillet.  Combine the coriander, cumin seeds, 1 tsp peppercorns, 3 sticks of cinnamon (3″ each), 35 green cardamom pods and 35 cloves in a coffee mill and grind.  Store in an airtight container.  My recipe for this blend is here. […]

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  2. […] Garam Masala – a northern Indian spice mixture that is available in many Canadian supermarkets and in Indian markets.  To make 1/4 cup for yourself (I apologize that I don’t know where I noted this recipe from) – Toast 2 tbsp coriander seeds and 1 tbsp cumin seeds in a dry skillet.  Combine the coriander, cumin seeds, 1 tsp peppercorns, 3 sticks of cinnamon (3″ each), 35 green cardamom pods and 35 cloves in a coffee mill and grind.  Store in an airtight container.  My recipe for this blend is here. […]

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