Garam Masala Powder - Garam masala means ‘ warming spice mix’. It can be a mixture of whole or ground spices. Recipe from ‘’The Food of India’’. Make in smaller quantity - ie for use for a few times. The fragrance / freshness may be lost if one makes in large quantity and store for longer duration.
Makes: 3 level tablespoons
8 cardamom pods, remove seeds from cardamom pods
2 bay leaves (cassia leaves)
1 teaspoon peppercorns
1 teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoon cumin seeds
5 cm piece of cinnamon
2 teaspoon coriander seeds
Heat iron karahi / pan on a medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and gently dry roast above spices until fragrant and crisp (approximate time 10 – 12 minutes on a medium to low heat). Keep aside to cool for half an hour.
Transfer dry roasted ingredients into a small mixer bowl and make a fine powder and then sieve it through a fine sieve. Store it in an airtight container (or in Tupperware dry storage box).