Homemade Garam Masala

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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.

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Seeds roasting together create a super journey for the senses.
Don't forget to roast the seeded spices on a pan before adding to the mortar. It adds so much flavor.
Don’t forget to roast the seeded spices on a pan before adding to the mortar. It adds so much flavor.
The remaining spices.
Don’t, forget to sift the spices if you’re using a mortar.  I did some with the mortar then used a grinder for the rest. No need to overwork yourself, this whole recipe’s aim is to eliminate extra work.
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A nice jar of homemade garam masala mix, way authentic than a store-bought product and you can actually control the levels of different spices.
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