Vegan Recipe: Garam Masala (Indian Spice Mix)

Garam Masala

A flavor-enhancing blend of spices used widely in Indian cuisine.

Ingredients, Makes 1 cup

10 to 12 blades mace
8 to 10 (1-inch/2½-cm) cinnamon sticks
25 whole cloves
25 green cardamom pods
10 to 12 black cardamom pods
8 to 10 bay leaves
8 teaspoons cumin seeds
4 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
½ teaspoon grated nutmeg


Place a small non-stick sauté pan over medium heat. Add the mace and dry-roast until fragrant. Transfer to a bowl. One spice at a time, dry-roast the cinnamon, cloves, green cardamom, black cardamom, bay leaves, cumin and peppercorns, and transfer to the bowl. Set aside to cool completely.

Transfer to a spice grinder and grind to a fine powder. Add the grated nutmeg. Store in an airtight container.

From How to Cook Indian by Sanjeev Kapoor (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2011)

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