Garam Masala

Garam Masala
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  • Total: 22 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Yield: 1/2 Cup (8-10 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.