Saturday, December 29, 2012

Garam Masala

Garam Masala means 'warming spice mix' and it is a basic ingredient in many Indian dishes.  In my desire to learn and cook Indian cuisine, it became very clear that being able to purchase or make the Garam Masala spice is absolute necessity.  Surprisingly, I found it difficult to find the spice mix in ready made products (William Sonoma has it available for purchase at their website), but on the other hand it was quite easy to find all the necessary spices to create the mix at local groceries with the exception of cardamom pods which I found at an Asian market.

This spice blend can be made months ahead of time and kept in the pantry in a small airtight container until needed.

Prep Time: 5 to 10 minutes
Special Tools: Spice Grinder or Pestle and Mortar


8 Cardamom Pods
2 Bay Leaves
1 Teaspoon Black Peppercorns
2 Teaspoons Cumin Seeds
2 Teaspoons Coriander Seeds
2 inch Cinnamon Stick
1 Teaspoon Cloves

Makes 3 Tablespoons.

Remove the seeds from the cardamom pods.  Break the bay leaves into small pieces. Put all the ingredients into a spice grinder or pestle and mortar and grind into a fine powder.


  1. Mmmm I love garam masala it smells and tastes so good. I haven't made it myself yet but I could sit and smell the premade spice mix I have all always makes me smile. I just bought a nice new mortar and pestel so I'll have to try it.

    1. Hi Joy Bee. I think you'll find making garam masala from scratch very satisfying. It also stores very well in an air tight container. Enjoy.