Easy Garam Masala recipe - an exotic Indian spice blend

What the heck is a Garam Masala recipe you ask? Chances are, if you cook regularly, you've come across recipes asking for garam masala in the ingredients list.

It's actually a very flavorful toasted spice blend used mostly in Indian cuisine but it's finding it's way into many other dishes as well. I recently used it in a Tuscan Beef Stew recipe, go figure!

We've simplified this version so you can make your own garam masala quickly (no toasting required) and also use standard spices you probably already have on hand.
easy garam masala recipe
As a matter of fact the phrase Garam Masala is a generic term referring to a hot (or intense) mixture. Not hot as in spicy, hot as in intensely flavorful.

This is a very aromatic spice blend and is a very good substitute for the real deal, just without the fuss.

Once you get a feel for the flavors you'll find a use for it with many of our BBQ Chicken recipes, Grilled Shrimp recipes and the occasional BBQ Pork recipe.

I suggest making enough for a small air-tight container as it stores very well for months without losing too much intensity.

Use sparingly in your dishes towards the end of the cooking to add garam masala's subtle flavors.

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Makes: 3 1/2 Tablespoons

Prep time: 5 minutes


What you'll need:

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander seed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground caradamom
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


    Step 1:
    Here's the easy part to this Garam Masala recipe, mix all the ingredients together in a small glass jar with a tight fitting lid and store in a cool dark place until you need it.

    Reminder, a little bit goes a long way. Have fun!


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