Ok, I absolutely love Garam Masala! It’s hasn’t always been that way.
There’s a couple reasons why I make this spice mix at home now as opposed to buying it ready-made:
- The commercial ones are far too hot for me which completely spoils this amazing spice mix.
- The commercial ones don’t always taste good, the recipes vary.
- And toasted spices go rancid/change taste overtime, so by home-making you get better flavour. The commercial ones are almost always ground, and a long time ago.
So let’s get toasting!
[Recipe] Garam Masala Spice
Author: Youcef Banouni – inspired by Hema's Parekh's recipe in Vegan Asian Cooking
Recipe type: low-fat, whole-food, plant-based
Cuisine: South Asian, Indian
- 1 Tbsp coriander seeds
- 1 Tbsp cumin seeds
- 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
- 1 tsp peppercorns
- 1 small stick of cinnamon (2-inch or small finger size) OR 1 tbsp ground cinnamon. (x 3 if you're using the weaker-flavoured Ceylon cinnamon)
- 3 green cardamom pods
- 8 cloves
- 1 dried red chilli (or chilli powder added to the roasting pan towards the end of roasting to prevent it from burning)
When toasting spices, you always want to add the spices in the order of the heaviest/bulkiest to the smallest/thinest.
- If you're using cinnamon sticks, set a pan/pot on medium and toast until it starts to be dark brown and fragrant. If using cinnamon powder, we'll add it at the end.
- Reduce the heat to between low and medium.
- Add the cardamom, dried chili,and the cloves. Toast for a few more minuts. Keep stirring.
- Add the peppercorns, toast another minute or two. Keep stirring.
- Reduce the heat to low/low-ish.
- Add the Coriander seeds, toast for another 1 minute. Keep stirring.
- Add the cumin seeds, toast for another 1 minute. Keep stirring.
- Add the poppy seeds toast for another 1 minute. Keep stirring.
- If using cinnamon powder, this is the time to add it. Toast for another 1 minute. Keep stirring.
- Off the heat. Empty the pan in a dry bowl. Let cool a few minutes and grind.
Toasted spices go rancid. So prepare only in small batches, use fresh, keep the leftover in the sealed container in the fridge and use within 1 month.
This is what you get in the end. Bliss!