Garam Masala Mix - Add Authentic Flavours
and Colours to Your Indian Cooking

This traditional garam masala mix will add authentic flavours, aromas and colours to your Indian and Asian home cooking. Using a blend of traditional ingredients, it can be made in just minutes. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: For the best flavours when making your blends, I advise using whole spices where you can. Sometimes you might not have them available. In these cases use pre-ground powders but reduce the quantities the recipe says by half. So 4 tablespoons of whole cumin equals 2 tablespoons pre-ground cumin etc.

Homemade Garam Masala Mix

What You'll Need: (makes about 7-8 tablespoons)

4 tbsp cumin seeds
3 tbsp coriander seeds (cilantro)
2 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp fenugreek seeds
1 tbsp black cardamom pods
4 tsp dried ginger root (or 2 tsp ground)
2 tsp whole cloves
2 tsp fennel seeds
3 inch piece cinnamon
1 tsp grated nutmeg

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Remove the seeds from the cardamom and break up the cinnamon
  • Finely grind the cinnamon and cardamom along with the fennel, cloves, peppercorns, ginger root, fenugreek, cumin and coriander
  • Sieve into a bowl. (Regrind any bits that don't sieve)
  • Add the nutmeg and, if you used the powder, the ginger. Combine thoroughly

Store in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.

Toasting and Grinding Tips:

Picture of a garam masala mix

Note: You could dry toast the whole spices before grinding. The heat releases superb flavours and fabulous aromas.

See the grinding page for info on this simple process. (Link opens in a new window)

Here's a Short Video of How I Made it:

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