Garam masala spice mix

Garam masala spice mix

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Takes 5 mins


Makes 1 small jar
Garam masala is an aromatic mixture of spices, used as a base in many Indian dishes, like curry, to bring flavour and warmth

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  • 2 tbsp coriander seed
    Coriander seed

    Coriander seed

    kor-ee-and-er seed

    The small, creamy brown seeds of the coriander plant give dishes a warm, aromatic and slightly…

  • 1 tbsp cumin seed
  • 2 tsp black peppercorn
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon or ½ cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp cardamom seeds (seeds from about 20 pods)
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
    Fennel seeds

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • ½ tsp whole cloves



    A clove is the dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a…

  • 4 dried bay leaves


  1. Toast the whole spices in a small pan until they are aromatic and have turned a shade or two darker. Don’t be tempted to skip this stage, as it really enhances the flavours.

  2. Tip into a spice grinder (or use a pestle and mortar), then add the ready-ground spices and dried herbs if required, and crush to a fine powder. Store in a sealed jar for up to six months.

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Suzanne Villiers's picture
Suzanne Villiers
24th Aug, 2018
I didn’t read the recipe properly and I toasted ALL the spices. Oops.
16th Jul, 2016
Which ones are the 'whole' spices that need toasting first please?
23rd Mar, 2017
They are all whole spices unless you opt for the ground cinnamon (I probably would). Toast the rest together in one pan, grind them up, then add the cinnamon. If you use cinnamon stick, toast that too, but you would need an electric grinder to grind it (small coffee grinders are perfect for the job and not expensive - to clean the grinder after use, just grind a small quantity of uncooked rice, then discard it).
17th Jul, 2016
Which ones are the whole spices please?
goodfoodteam's picture
11th Aug, 2016
Thanks for your query. The whole spices are everything except the bay leaves and ground cinnamon.
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