Fresh Garam Masala Recipe

Preparation time
10 mins

Cook Time
15 mins

Serves
4 persons

Ingredients

  • 1 cinnamon stick (2-1/2 to 3 inches long), broken into pieces
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup cumin seeds
  • 1/3 cup coriander seeds
  • 1 Tbs. green cardamom pods
  • 1 Tbs. whole black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp. whole cloves
  • 1 small dried red chile, stemmed
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg (preferably freshly grated)
  • 1/8 tsp. ground mace

Methods

  1. Heat the cinnamon, bay leaves, cumin seeds.
  2. Add coriander seeds, cardamom pods, peppercorns, cloves, and chile in a medium skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Stirring often, until the cumin seeds darken to a deep, toasty brown color, 2 to 3 minutes—the spices may crackle and smoke a bit.
  4. Immediately transfer to a plate or bowl to cool.
  5. Add the nutmeg and mace.
  6. Now grind the spices in a spice grinder to a fine powder, working in batches if necessary.