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Garam Masala Spice Mix




10 min


10 min


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This recipe produces a quick version of Garam Masala, the aromatic blend of spices often used in Indian cooking.


  • 1/2 ‏cup (75 g) cumin seeds
  • 2 ‏tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 3 ‏small cinnamon sticks
  • 10-12 ‏green cardamom pods, bruised
  • 4-5 ‏black cardamom pods, bruised
  • 10 ‏cloves
  • 1/2 ‏nutmeg, broken
  • 3-4 ‏blades mace
  • 1 ‏tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 4 ‏whole star anise
  • 5 ‏bay leaves


Dry-roast all the spices in a non-stick wok or skillet and heat over a very low fire, stirring the spices continuously for 2 to 3 minutes until fragrant. Allow to cool, then grind to a powder in a blender or a mortar and pestle. Store in an airtight bottle (if stored in a freezer, spices keep fresh almost indefinitely).

While the freshly prepared spice mixture is more flavorful, pre-blended Garam Masala Spice Mix can also be found in Asian food stores.


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