Garam Masala Powder

By Published On: 12 Jul '20Last Updated: 19 Apr '24

Garam means hot, and masala means a blend of spices. This spice mixture contributes both flavour and aroma. I use it in my meat, chicken curries and some vegetable curries towards the end of my cooking. I make my own garam masala at home in small quantity by dry roasting a selected few spices such as coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, cloves, pepper corns, cinnamon sticks, black and green cardamoms, star anise, mace, dried bay leaves and grind in a coffee grinder into a fine powder. Use only ½ tsp. to 1 tsp. for any recipe as over usage can render the curry bitter. Garam masala powder is also available in all Indian grocery stores or in many super markets but the spice mixture made at home makes all the difference. Store garam masala powder in an airtight bottle either in the refrigerator or in the pantry where it will last for 3 months.

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