Punjabi Garam Masala Recipe - Savour
the Flavours of Southern India 

To enjoy the unique taste of the Punjab, then putting together a Punjabi garam masala recipe is key! This easy-to-make homemade blend of traditional spices will add superb flavours and mouthwatering aromas to your home cooked Indian and Asian dishes. (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)

Note: If you have them, try and use a few whole ingredients for this masala spice as these will add the best flavours. If you only have pre-ground powders, use these and reduce the quantities by about half. So for 4 tablespoons of whole cumin you would use 2 tablespoons of pre-ground cumin. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well.

Homemade Punjabi Garam Masala Recipe

What You'll Need: (makes about 8-9 tablespoons)

4 tbsp cumin seeds (cilantro)
3 tbsp coriander seeds
4 tsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp chili powder (hot or mild)
1 tbsp allspice berries
2 tsp ginger powder
2 tsp ajwain seeds
2 tsp whole cloves
1 tsp grated nutmeg
2 x 3 inch cinnamon sticks
6 mace blades
8-10 green cardamom pods

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Break up the cinnamon
  • Grind the cinnamon along with the cardamom, cumin, coriander, ajwain, peppercorns, mace, cloves and allspice berries
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Add the chili, ginger and nutmeg powders and combine thoroughly

Store your Punjab recipe in an airtight container in a cool place. Use within 3 months before making a fresh amount.

Note: If you have a spare few minutes, and for even more flavours, you can dry toast the whole ingredients before cooling, grinding and combining. 

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