Make your own Garam Masala

Garam Masala is an essential seasoning in the cuisine of Northern
India. The aromatic spices in this variable blend are those that the Indians
say heat the the body. Add it sparingly, ususally toward the end of cooking.
Through grinding your own garam masala gives the freshest flavor, you also
can purchase it at Asian markets or mix spices that are already ground.

Amount Measure Ingredient – Preparation Method

2      teaspoons     whole black peppercorns
2      teaspoons     cumin seeds
1 1/2  teaspoons     coriander seeds
1      teaspoon      fennel seeds
  3/4  teaspoon      whole cloves
  1/2  teaspoon      cardamom seeds (without pods)
1      stick         cinnamon -- broken

Preheat oven to 275F degrees. Combine spices on pizza pan or cookies sheet;
bake for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In a blender container place roasted spices; cover and blend to a fine
powder. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place. Makes about
1/4 cup.

Note: To make Homemade Garam Masala from ground spices, mix 1 tablespoon
ground coriander, 2 teaspoons black pepper, 2 teaspoons ground cardamom, 1
teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon ground cloves. Makes about 1/4 cup.