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Garam masala spice mix

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

  • Takes 5 mins
  • Makes 1 small jar
  • Easy
  • Makes 1 small jar
  • Easy

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin seed
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon or ½ cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp cardamom seeds (seeds from about 20 pods)
  • 1 tsp fennel seed
  • ½ tsp whole cloves
  • 4 dried bay leaves

Method

  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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