Garam Masala

Posted: March 4, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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Garam Masala which is a hindi word where garam means hot and masala means spices. It is a basic blend of spices very common in india and other South Asian cuisines. The spices in a garam masala differs according to region and personal taste. Basically the common ingredients are black peppercorns, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, whole cloves, green cardamom seeds, black/brown cardamom seeds, dried bay leaves and cinnamon sticks. Garam masala is pungent but not hot as chilli peppers.

This highly aromatic seasoning serves as an all-purpose blend in Indian cooking, seasoning non vegetarian and vegetarian dishes . Often it is sprinkled on the top of dishes towards the end of the cooking process to preserve its special flavor.

You can get garam masala in every grocery store these days but I like to make my own masala at home which allows me to control the ingredients  according to my taste . Garam masala is like any other recipe. It is very easy to put together and once you do it you are not going to get the packed ones from the stores.

Freshly ground garam masala can be stored for up to 3-4 months in an air-tight container in your pantry.

Garam Masala

Garam Masala


  • 4 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 4 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoon black pepper corns
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 6 large black cardamom
  • 5 green cardamom pods
  • 2  cinnamon sticks
  • 3-4 dried bay leaves


  • Heat a skillet and carefully dry roast all of the above ingredients on low flame. Stir once in a while.
  • Once the spices are roasted, turn off the flame and let it cool.
  • Once cooled, grind them all together to a fine powder in a clean, dry coffee grinder.
  • Store in an air-tight container in your pantry and use as needed.
Garam Masala

Garam Masala

  1. leena says:

    Hi Suman, there is a award waiting for u in my blog plz collect…Love the idea of making spice powder from scratch!

  2. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Lovely mix of spices!

  3. Valarmathi says:

    I usually buy it, its good and fresh if we make at home… will try this. thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments.

  4. Joyti says:

    Yum! Freshly made garam masala smells amazing, and as I read your post, I felt like I could almost smell it…toasting the spices, grinding them…delicious.

  5. Juliana says:

    Love the idea of making your own mix spice…have a wonderful week ahead 🙂

  6. Namitha says:

    Nothing can beat home-made garam masala..

  7. Kothiyavunu says:

    Homemade masala are best & version is little time will try ur version..Nice!

  8. Krishnaveni says:

    flavourful indian masala, looks good

  9. Sarah Naveen says:

    ours is a bit different though…
    Seriously this makes a big difference in regional cuisine right..
    thanks for sharing..
    nice clicks..

  10. Joanne says:

    This spice blend sounds fabulous! I’m so pleased because i have all of the ingredients to make it!

  11. rebecca says:

    this blend is essential in any kitchen

  12. Simply Life says:

    I learned what this was at my indian cooking class and it’s been SO helpful!

  13. Homemade spice is always the best and hygienic. Thanks for sharing dear….

  14. sushma says:

    I can smell the frehly ground garam masala they are so flavoursome:)

  15. Nandini says:

    The masala looks very aromatic. Love the home-made version.

  16. nammi says:

    i love adding garam masala , but the taste seems to differ according to different manufacturers so now i make my own :). Love your photoes 🙂

  17. Rosa says:

    I love that spice mix! it is so fragrant.

    Thanks for sharing.



  18. kshipra says:

    I also do it at home. urs look perfect.

  19. Making the perfect garam masal powder is always a challenge to me. Though I have my mom’s recipe (different version), I depend on Sakthi garam masala powder. I will definitely try yours. Seems a classic recipe. Thanks dear.

  20. sanyukta gour says:

    i make fresh garam masala every 2 weeks..and with spice grinders its easy task…can smell the aroma of it…looks perfect…

  21. Priya says:

    Nothing will beat the home made spice powder, flavourful garam masala looks great..

  22. Swathi says:

    Home made garam masala are always best. Looks perfect.

  23. aipi says:

    Very nicely done. I always use the homemade GM too, in fact its in my drafts. I think its great to make your own masalas.Thanks for sharing.

    US Masala

  24. Panchpakwan says:

    Home made garam masala is always fresh and handy. Yours looks fab.

  25. Reshmi says:

    This is so helpful….I usually buy it…now can make at home:)…
    First time here and this is such a beautiful kitchen…gladly following it….


  26. Vimitha says:

    Home made Garam masala is the best…

  27. Mary says:

    It is so nice to be able to make one’s own version of a spice mix. Yours sounds wonderful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  28. Satya says:

    it must have been wonderful to feel the aroma of freshly blended spices…thanks for sharing
    Super Yummy Recipes

  29. Harika says:

    Nice powder looks perfect now we can make easily in home thanks for sharing this.

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