Garam Masala

Garam masala (aka Indian spice mix) is probably the most commonly used spice mix in Northern Indian cuisine.  And it would seem that every family has their own special recipe for this ground spice blend.  Garam masala is not spicy hot. Instead, it has a lingering warmth with an earthy flavor.  Typically, it’s made from whole spices and seeds that have been toasted and ground.  Garam masala is excellent as a dry rub for meat. It’s also a perfect way to add a little Indian flare to marinades, vegetables and soups. This recipe is a quick and easy homemade substitute for authentic garam masala.

Garam Masala, adapted from
Makes 1/2 cup

2 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Mix all the spices together in a small bowl until combined.  Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months.

QCK Tip: Buy small amounts of more expensive spices (such as cardamom) at a health food market.  Many of these spices can be found in bulk spice bins.



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