Posted by Hema on Jul - 20 - 2012 under Featured Recipes, Spices
Ingredients
IngredientQuantity
Coriander seeds4 tbsp
Cumin seeds2 tbsp
Black peppercorns1 tbsp
Green or black cardamom4 pods
Cloves1 tsp
Cinnamon stick1
Crushed bay leaves1
Star anise2
Cuisine: Cooking time: 10 mins Serving: people

So, what is garam masala, the magic spice powder that goes into every Indian meal?  Garam masala is nothing but spices blended together and ready to use when cooking. Just add this magic powder and instantly add flavor to your  dish. People have different recipes and combinations, methods and techniques. It is something that is created over  years of  experimenting with the combination of ingredients, and often inherited  from mothers and grandmothers.  Here is the recipe that I use.

A couple of notes before we get started:

  • Some people dry roast the spices before blending but I don’t because when I dry roast it I feel the flavor is lost much more quickly .
  • If you use it more often you can leave it outside, if you are an occasional user you can store this in the fridge for upto 3 months.
  • This recipe makes about 8 tbsp of masala

Method:

  1. Measure all the ingredients.
  2. Break the big pieces into small ones as much as possible so it will be easy to grind.
  3. Grind in a coffee grinder or a kitchen grinder that can grind hard stuff. I use a Magic Bullet, but any good grinder will work.
  4. Grind it for a few minutes untill the spice is down to a fine powder.
  5. Store it in a airtight container.
Meal: Food type:

2 Responses so far.

  1. Shannon says:

    Hi Hema,

    How long can you keep the extra garam masala before it loses its potency? Thanks,

    Shannon

    • Hema says:

      Shannon,
      How did the Chole come out? If you leave it outside I would say for a month and if you keep it in the fridge for 2 months. Makes sure it is in an airtight container and when you use it , only dry spoon, if it gets wet it will get clumpy.

      - Hema

Leave a Reply


Recent Recipes

Chole – Chickpeas...

Posted on Jul - 20 - 2012

1 Comment

Cucumber Raita – cucumber...

Posted on Jul - 20 - 2012

0 Comment

How to make paneer...

Posted on Jul - 20 - 2012

2 Comments

How to make garam...

Posted on Jul - 20 - 2012

2 Comments

Recent posts

Love to cook Indian...

Posted on Jul - 20 - 2012

0 Comment

Stock up your spice...

Posted on Jul - 20 - 2012

0 Comment