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Garam Masala

garam masala
Many of you asked me for a garam masala recipe. Frankly, I have used many different recipes for this popular spice blend. Some I liked, some not so much. After a while, I just started using store bought one. Then I really started liking garam masala that my friend Pallavi uses. I asked her recipe, she said her mom makes it for her. It is from a Marathi book called Annapurna by Mangala Burve. I borrowed the book and got the recipe. I changed it a bit to decrease the amounts of some ingredients and so far I really like this garam masala. It is quite different from any I have tried so far. This has lot more ingredients than any I have tried, but I like the aroma of it. It brightens up any dish with a unique aroma. I leave out the black cardamom, no one at home likes the strong aroma of this spice. I am sure it is a acquired taste, so far we are not able to get used to it.

Some other garam masala recipes that I like – Anita’s Punjabi garam masala, Ashwini’s garam masala.

Garam Masala
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Recipe type: Spices
Cuisine: Indian
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Ingredients
  • 100 gms coriander seeds
  • 10 gms cloves
  • 10 gms cinnamon
  • 1 tea spn shah jeera
  • 5 gms white peppercorn
  • 10 gms fennel seeds(badishep)
  • 10 gms poppy seeds (khus khus)
  • 1 whole nutmeg (jayphal)
  • 3-4 mace (japatri)
Instructions
  1. Heat a very little oil and fry all the ingredients on a low flame till a nice aroma comes out, take care not to burn any spices.
  2. Cool to room temperature and grind to a smooth powder. Store in air tight container.

 

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  • jyoti December 20, 2013, 3:46 am

    Hi Shilpa..this is a goan version of garam masala -4parts of red chillies,1 part of coriander seeds,equal quantities(1 tspn) of cloves,black peppercorns,cinnamon,mace,nutmeg,cumin seeds,fennel seeds,mustard seeds and a quarter spoon of haldi powder.This masala can be used in any gravy items(what we call tonak in konkani :))

    • Shilpa December 22, 2013, 4:33 pm

      Thanks Jyoti. I will try your recipe sometime.

  • Kavita December 28, 2013, 6:49 am

    Hi Shilpa,

    Thank You very much for the recipe now I can make tasty Home made garam masala recipes.

    Kavita

  • Sanjay January 9, 2014, 6:29 pm

    What’s the english name of Shah Jeera? Thanks

    • Shilpa January 10, 2014, 10:03 am

      They are called caraway seeds in English.

  • Preethi February 13, 2014, 3:08 am

    Hi Shilpa, made this masala. I’ve never put fennel seeds in the masala before. This came real good. Thanks, Preethi.

  • Ajay February 19, 2014, 7:45 pm

    question:
    “Heat a very little oil and fry all the ingredients on a low flame ”

    >> all at the same time or one-by-one?

    • Shilpa February 20, 2014, 9:06 am

      I usually fry them all together on a low heat for long time. But it is usually advisable to fry one by one

  • shilpa April 16, 2014, 9:19 am

    Garam masala recipe looks nice. You can add 2-3 tejpatta or tamalpatra to the abv ingridients for more aroma.

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