Garam Masala

Garam Masala
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 12 mins
Total: 22 mins
Servings: 8 to 10 servings

There are probably hundreds of recipes for Garam Masala, the traditional seasoning blend of India. This is one of the more simple recipes and is great for adding an Indian-inspired flavor to anything you want to cook. 


  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) cardamom seeds
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) black peppercorns
  • 1 stick cinnamon (about three inches long)
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) dried nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) turmeric

Steps to Make It

  1. Break the cinnamon stick into small pieces.

  2. Combine with cardamom seeds, cumin, coriander, peppercorns and whole cloves in a dry skillet pan over a medium-high heat.

  3. Keeping the spices moving, toast until you can smell their aroma and the seeds begin to brown.

  4. Remove from heat and pour into a food processor or spice grinder and grind into a fine powder. Add nutmeg and turmeric.

  5. Store in an airtight container. Keep in a dark and cool place.