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Garam masala is as central to Indian cuisine as olive oil is to Mediterranean, cheese is to French, Kimchi is to Korean food, soy sauce is to Japanese cuisine.  You just cannot cook Indian food without garam masala. ‘Garam’ mean hot and ‘Masala’ means mix. So garam masala is a mix of different spices which are hot in nature.

Various regions in India will use slightly different mix of species and every household has a slightly different recipe for making garam masala.

The recipe for making garam masala that I am sharing here is my mom’s recipe. The reason it doesn’t include every spice under the earth (as some recipes do) is that the garam masala provides a spice base and you add other spices depending on the dish and the cooking method. 

This recipe calls for roasting the spices on heat before grinding them  but my mother will dry the spices under the hot sun during the summer suns but in winter, she will roast them in a pan on the stove.

The trick is not to burn or cook but gently warm the spices to release the fragrance.

I hope you will give this recipe for garam masala a try.

If you do, tag me me on Instagram at incredible.kitchen

Happy cooking!

Course Condiments
Cuisine Indian, Pujabi
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 50 tbsp
Calories/Serving 55kcal


  • 250 gram black pepper whole
  • 250 gram cumin seeds
  • 150 gram coriander seeds
  • 100 gram black cardamom
  • 2 tbsp cloves
  • 100 gram fenugreek seeds
  • 50 gram cinnamon sticks


  • Roast all the spices separately at low heat until they release the flavour but are not burned (about 2-3 minutes each). Make sure to stir them so that they don't burn as some of the seeds can roast pretty quickly It's important to roast these spices as they cook at slightly different rates.
  • Mix all the ingredients and let the mixture cool down.
  • Ground the spice mix in a grinder to a fine powder.
  • Grinding spices can again release heat so let the garam masala cool down. Once it's cool, store it in an air-tight jar.


Store the garam masala in airtight container made from glass or steel. Please don't use wet spoons to take out the garam masala as it will spoil.
Another trick is to roast the spices and keep the spice mix them in a  jar without grinding them.  You can then grind fresh garam masala every time you cook. This will mean that you will have a more fragrant and fresh garam masala for your dishes.
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