Since I’ve been cooking a lot of Indian dishes and it is not easy to find ready-made Garam Masala where I live, I decided to prepare my own. Be warned it may not be 100% traditional recipe.
- 6-7 dried bay leaves
- 2 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 1 tablespoon black pepper seeds
- 1 tablespoon ginger powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin seeds or normal cumin
- 1 tablespoon cardamom
- 1-2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon cloves
- 1/2 tablespoon curry powder
- 1/2 tablespoon turmeric
Roast the seeded spices in a pan until they lightly change color, don’t burn anything. Let them cool, take the cinnamon sticks out and put the seeds in a mortar or coffee grinder. When they are in a powder form, put every ingredient in a jar and shake well to mix all the flavors. Since the original mix is a little heavy on cloves and cinnamon, I added curry powder and turmeric my self. It turned out really good. But don’t overdo the turmeric because you already put turmeric additionally when cooking Indian food. Enjoy.