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Make Your Own Garam Masala Powder - Spice Mixes of the World #25
May 08, 2014

Make Your Own Garam Masala Powder and Add Authentic Indian Flavours to Your Home Cooking


7th May 2014 -- Issue #25

Table of Contents

1. Recipe of the Week - Make Your Own Garam Masala Powder Using Whole Ingredients

2. The Easier Way Using Ground Ingredients

3. Top Tips on Toasting and Grinding Spices For Fab Flavours and Mouthwatering Aromas!

4. My Facebook Page/Youtube/Twitter Links

5. My Recipe Book

For recreating the taste of Indian cooking this easy-to-make Garam Masala Powder is just the thing. Using a blend of traditional spices, it can be made in just minutes and will add authentic flavours and aromas!

Below are directions for making it using whole OR ground spices.

Ingredients if using whole spices: (makes about 6-7 tbsp)

4 tbsp cumin seeds
3 tbsp coriander seeds (cilantro seeds)
2 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp fenugreek seeds
1 tbsp black cardamom pods
1 tbsp ginger powder
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 stick

  • Finely grind the cinnamon and cardamom with the other whole spices

  • Sieve into a bowl

  • Thoroughly stir in the nutmeg

    That's it!

    Store your masala in an airtight container out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.

    Note: To get even more flavours from the ingredients, dry toasting the whole spices before grinding is worth doing. See below for tips on this.

    Click here to see it on my site

    Click here for a collection of my other masala mixes.

    Ingredients if using ground spices: (makes about 6-7 tbsp)

    2 tbsp ground cumin
    1 tbsp black pepper
    1 tbsp ginger powder
    1 tbsp cinnamon powder
    4-5 tsp ground coriander
    2 tsp ground cardamom
    2 tsp ground fenugreek
    1 tsp ground cloves
    1 tsp ground fennel
    1 tsp grated nutmeg

    tbsp = tablespoon
    tsp = teaspoon


  • In a bowl, mix the powders and nutmeg together

    That's it!

    Store in an airtight jar. Use within 3 months.

    Click here to see my other masala blends.

    How to Toast and Grind

    Dry toasting and grinding spices is the key to getting the most flavour out of your ingredients and into your home cooking...

    Step 1: Add your whole spices to a dry pan over a low to medium heat and whilst stirring or shaking the pan, lightly toast them for a few minutes. When you can really smell the aromas and they start to darken, they're ready.

    Step 2: Let them cool and then grind.

    Step 3: For a finer blend, put them through a sieve before combining with any ground ingredients and herbs.

    Click Here for step-by-step info and photos on this recommended technique.


    To keep up to date with new recipes and herbs and spices info,

    I have a Facebook page you may like...

    Here's my Youtube channel with all my spice mix videos...

    And if Twitter is your thing...

    My Spice Mix Book

    It has 50 recipes ranging from the basic to fairly complex.

    Just a few of the recipes you'll find within...

    A Collection of BBQ Rubs
    Cajun, Creole and Taco Seasonings
    Curry Powder and Garam Masala Blends
    Pumpkin and Pudding Spice Recipes
    Mulling and Pickling Spice Mixes
    Recipes For Dry rubs
    Blends From China, India, US, Africa and Europe

    Comes complete with 4 bonus books all written by me!

    Read More Here.

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    Until Next Week,

    Jason -

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