Garam Masala

Add fragrance to your Indian cooking with this simple recipe for home-made garam masala
Garam Masala
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  • Serves: makes around 12 tbsp
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Effort: easy



  • 2 tbsp black cardamom
  • tbsp green cardamom
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 cloves
  • 3 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • pinches grated nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground ginger, (optional)


1. Heat a heavy-based frying pan until very hot.

2. Take off the direct heat and add the seeds from the black and green cardamom pods, the cinnamon stick, cloves, cumin, black cumin, fennel, coriander and nutmeg. Return to the hob and dry-fry, stirring, for 1 minute.

3. Remove the spices from the pan and crush to a powder in a pestle and mortar. Stir in the ginger powder, if using.

4. Add the garam masala to your dish just ten minutes before the dish has completed cooking.

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