Garam masala indian spice blend

Garam masala is an Indian spice blend that typically contains cinnamon, cardamom, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, nutmeg, cloves, and bay leaves. There are different variations of garam masala and what you find in the store is different to what can be made from home. Freshness is the most important aspect with garam masala. Grinding your own spices will result in a better quality garam masala. Some spice blends are simple and others are more complex. This blend is easy to make. 

If you are passionate about cooking Indian dishes then homemade garam masala is a must. you can use it to make curries, lentil dishes, Indian omelette, soups as well as many starters and side dishes. Garam masala can also be used as a substitute for tikka masala. 

How to make Garam Masala (video) 


  • Coriander seeds (30g) 
  • Cumin seeds (30g)
  • Black peppercorns (12g
  • Cinnamon bark (7g)
  • Cloves (7g)
  • Brown cardamom (7g)
  • Nutmeg (3g)
  • Bay leaves (3g)
  • Ground ginger (4g)


Gather all of the ingredients and roast all of the spices except the ginger in the oven at 160.C (gas mark 3) for about 10 minutes. Remove the aromatic spices from the oven, allow them to cool and grind in a spice grinder. 

Once they have been grinned add the ginger, mix well and store in a spice jar. These spices will last for a very long time but if you do prefer the fresh garam masala you should consider making a new batch every few months.


Leave a comment

All comments are moderated before being published