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Garam Masala

Garam masala is a seasoning blend used in Indian cooking. I have seen many different recipes for it. I have always been able to buy it already premixed until I moved here. so here are three very similar recipes. The first one yields 3 tablespoons the second one, a huge quantity like 24 ounces and the last is somewhere between the other two

Garam Masala #1

1 tablespoon cardamon seeds
1 inch stick of cinnamon
1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1/3 of a whole nutmeg

Combine the spices in a blender or coffee/spice grinder and grind to a fine powder.

Garam Masala #2

8 oz coriander seeds
2 oz cinnamon
4 oz peppercorns
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 oz cumin seeds
2 oz cloves
4 oz large cardamon

Roast the coriander and cumin seeds separately. Peel the cardamons. Grind all the spices and store in an airtight container.

Garam Masala #3

2 tablespoons cumin seeds
8 cloves
2 tablespoons cardamon seeds
1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds
5 inches of cinnamon stick
1/3 of a whole nutmeg
2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns

Roast all the ingredients until lightly brown. Let cool. Grind to a fine powder in a coffee/spice grinder.

Personally, I would roast the cumin and coriander in all the recipes, but probably not the other spices.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!

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