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
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.