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Bowl of garam masala surrounded by whole spices.
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garam masala

Garam masala is a mix of warming spices. Grind it fresh and you will never buy it pre-mixed again.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: condiment
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: garam masala
Calories: 161kcal
Author: romain | glebekitchen


  • 2 tbsp coriander seed
  • 2 sticks cinnamon bark 3 inches each
  • 3 tbsp cumin seed
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp cloves
  • 2 tsp green cardamom
  • 1 star anise broken into small pieces
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Combine the coriander, cinnamon, cumin, pepper, cloves, cardamom and star anise in a small skillet.
  • Toast over medium low heat until fragrant. This takes 2 minutes or so. Don't over-toast.
  • Let cool. Store in a sealed container in a dark cupboard. It should keep for a few months.
  • Add the remaining spices.
  • Grind it in a spice grinder as needed. I use one of those blender style coffee grinders. Grind about 1/4 at a time as needed. The ground garam masala should keep about a week or two at maximum flavour.


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 626mg | Fiber: 14g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 4.4mg | Calcium: 381mg | Iron: 16.3mg