Garam Masala

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2/3 cup Easy
2 Ratings 

Ingredients (9)

  • 2 tablespoons coriander seed
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seed
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed
  • 1 teaspoon green cardamom pods
  • 5 black cardamom pods
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 (3-inch) cassia stick
  • 6 dried Kashmiri chiles or arbol chiles
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
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Nutritional Information
  • Calories80
  • Fat2.63g
  • Saturated fat0.24g
  • Trans fat0.0g
  • Carbs15.93g
  • Fiber6.84g
  • Sugar3.32g
  • Protein3.38g
  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium18.76mg
  • Nutritional Analysis per serving (2 servings) Powered by

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Garam Masala

Recipes vary, but garam masala is India’s ubiquitous spice blend, the pinch that adds flavor to all kinds of dishes. Chef Preeti Mistry, of Juhu Beach Club in Oakland, California, uses this blend in chicken tikka masala. To make sure the spices are extra-fragrant, Mistry toasts them in the oven before grinding. See more tips for the best garam masala, and a run-down of what’s in this blend.

What to buy: Black cardamom pods are smoked over charcoal—they have an earthy, smoky flavor that gives this spice blend plenty of depth.


  1. 1Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
  2. 2Combine the spices on a rimmed baking sheet and place in the oven. Check after 3 minutes to make sure they aren’t browning. Continue to check their progress, and toast until hot and fragrant but not browned, about 8 minutes. Immediately transfer to a bowl and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  3. 3Using a coffee grinder dedicated for spices, grind to a fine consistency. Use at once or store in an airtight jar at room temperature for up to 3 days.
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