Learn how to make garam masala, a blend of ground spices common in Indian cuisine. This homemade version is so inexpensive and ready in less than 5 minutes.
I’ve been trying to make our sauces and basic ingredients at home, instead of buying them because they’re more affordable, sometimes even healthier and also because I’m trying to reduce our plastic waste. Besides, a tiny jar of store-bought garam masala costs 5€ (about $4.30) at my local supermarket, which is really expensive. Homemade garam masala is much cheaper!
Do you know garam masala? It’s a blend of ground spices common in cuisines from the Indian subcontinent. I’ve found so many variations of this recipe, but I’ve made my own, using what I had on hand. Please feel free to change my recipe according on your personal taste or what you have in your kitchen.
Some people toast the spices before grounding them and others don’t. I don’t toast them, as I’m always trying to save time in the kitchen and prefer simple recipes, but it’s up to you.
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- 1/4 cup coriander seeds (4 tbsp)
- 2 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp green cardamom pods
- 1 tsp whole cloves
- 1/2 tsp cayenne flakes
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- If you can’t find an ingredient, just omit it, use a similar one or add more of any other spice of the blend.
- I used ground cumin, ground cinnamon and cayenne flakes, but feel free to use whole spices.
- Serving Size: 1 tbsp
- Calories: 9
- Sugar: 0.1 g
- Sodium: 4 mg
- Fat: 0.4 g
- Carbohydrates: 1.4 g
- Fiber: 0.5 g
- Protein: 0.4 g