Homemade Garam Masala Spice - Recreate the Authentic Taste of Indian Cooking at its Best

Making your own garam masala spice is the key to recreating the sublime taste of Indian cuisine. And this easy-to-make blend of traditional spices will add authentic flavours and fabulous aromas and can be put together in just minutes. (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)

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

4 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp fenugreek seeds
4 tsp black peppercorns
2 tsp mustard powder
2 tsp fennel seeds

1 tsp grated nutmeg
1 tsp whole cloves
8-10 black cardamom pods
20-25 dried curry leaves
3 inch stick of cinnamon

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Remove the seeds from the cardamom pods. Throw away the husks
  • Break up the cinnamon
  • Grind the cinnamon and cardamom along with the fenugreek, fennel, peppercorns, cloves, coriander and cumin

  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Add the grated nutmeg and mustard powder and combine thoroughly
  • Crumble in the curry leaves and stir again

Store your garam masala powder in an airtight jar and out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before making a fresh amount.

Note: I recommend spending a few extra minutes dry toasting the whole ingredients before grinding and combining. The heat helps release their essential oils adding even more flavours to your blend!

See the grinding page for further step-by-step tips and a video demonstrating how easy it is. (Link opens in new window)

Note: If you have them available, use whole ingredients where possible. If it is more convenient you can substitute with pre-ground powders and reduce the quantities the recipe requires by half. So instead of 4 tablespoons of whole coriander you would use 2 tablespoons of pre-ground coriander. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well.

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