A Mild Indian Garam Masala, Ideal For Your
Lighter Indian and Asian Recipes

This is a mild Indian garam masala which makes it ideal for your lighter recipes that use cream, butter and yoghurt. And as it's a basic one that uses only eight ingredients, it can be made in just a few minutes from start to finish. (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)

Note: I advise using whole spices when you can, however sometimes this is not convenient and you may not have them. If you don't, it's fine to use pre-ground powders and just halve the quantities. E.g for 2 tablespoons of cumin seeds you would use 1 tablespoon of pre-ground cumin. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well.

Recipe For Indian Garam Masala

What You'll Need: (makes about 5-6 tablespoons)

3 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tbsp cumin seeds
4 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp ground nutmeg
3 inch stick of cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
6-8 dried bay leaves
10-15 green cardamom pods

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Break up the cinnamon stick and crumble the bay
  • Grind the cinnamon and bay along with the coriander, cumin, peppercorns, cloves and cardamom pods
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Stir in the ground nutmeg

Store your garam masala powder in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.

Note: Before grinding, if you have the time, it's worth dry toasting the cardamom pods, cloves, coriander, cumin and peppercorns as this will add even more flavours to your finished blend.

Read more about this simple cooking technique. (Link opens in new window)

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