Garam Masala Spice Powder

Garam Masala Spice Powder

  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 3 min
  • Total: 8 min
  • Serving: Seasoning for 4 pounds of meat, poultry or seafood

Many people mistake Garam Masala as a single Indian spice when in actuality it is a blend of spices of which there are numerous recipes.  Use this mix within 6 months to keep flavors at their freshest.


  • 3 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons green cardamom pods
  • 1 teaspoon black cardamom pods
  • 1 piece (2 inches) cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 whole nutmeg
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon mace blades
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger


  1. Place the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, peppercorns, green and black cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, bay leaves, mace, and cloves into a large sauté pan over medium heat. Toast the spices for 3 minutes, shaking the pan frequently, and then place into a bowl to cool.
  2. Transfer the spices to a spice grinder or a mortar and pestle, and grind into a powder. Store the mixture in an air-tight jar, and place in a cool and dry area.


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