Garam masala spice mix
By Cassie Best
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
Nutrition per serving
- 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
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.
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.