Garam Masala Recipe

homemade-garam-masalaIndian Food is incomplete without Garam Masala; yes, a pinch of that secret magical ingredient which takes the dish to an altogether different level! A mix of several Indian herbs and spices lightly roasted and ground into a fine powder, Garam Masala is similar to all-spice, except with different flavors. Out of several curry powders used in indian cooking, this is the most famous one, and slowly, people have started using it in non-Indian and Fusion dishes too. There’s nothing like homemade garam masala, and here I share with you my mom’s lovely recipe which I’m sure you’ll enjoy!

I’m sending this over to Amy & Jonny from We are Never Full, who are hosting Weekend Herb Blogging this week!

Makes about 4 tbsp of Spice Powder

1 tbsp cardamom seeds
1 2″ long cinnamon stick
1 tsp black cumin (shahjeera)
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp black peppercorns
1/4 nutmeg
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp dried coriander seeds
1/2 tsp mace powder (javantari)
1 piece star anise
1 long bay leaf

Roast all the aboe spices lightly on low-flame for about 2 mins. Now powder them in a clean, dry spice grinder until smooth. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

This Garam Masala can be added to any gravies or curries, and not just indian! The aromatic spices in this recipe add a subtle flavor to your dish. But remember to use this very sparingly, as it is very powerful in taste. Freshly ground garam masala can be stored for upto 3 months in an air-tight container in a cool, dry and dark place.


  1. This is great! I got all the recipes in my spice rack

  2. Ooh nice recipe for garam masala.. I have a recipe for a mughal version but this seems much more complex and aromatic.

  3. Sounds delightful! I haven’t used garam masala that much, but I love the sound of the ingredients.

  4. I love homemade masalas..they can be altered in so many ways each time! Nice recipe, I’ll try your way next time, I usually don’t add shahi jeera. Thanks Mansi.


  5. KF – yeah, nothing like homemade garam masala, right!:)

    sagari – do try it, I’m sure you are going to love it!

    michelle – my pleasure girl! just send me a bowl of your kofta curry:) I’m sure it’ll turn out good!!:D

  6. Anonymous says:

    thanks for posting this recipe for me Mansi! you are such a dearie:) I’m all set to make your KOfta curry now! wish me luck:)


  7. never made garam masala at home ,I will try your recipe this time

  8. I too make garam masala same way.

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