Garam Masala

Garam masala is a fragrant blend of spices that is layered with flavour as opposed to being just spicy. Garam translates as "hot spices." Although it raises your body temperature, the mixture is actually more aromatic than hot. It can be used like curry powder but is often added at the end of cooking to highlight flavours.


  • 2 tablespoons cardamom seeds (removed from pods)
  • 2 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 3 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup coriander seeds
  • 2 star anise


Place all spices in a dry skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until they darken slightly and smell fragrant, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat immediately.

Place in coffee or spice grinder and grind until powdery. Cool and store in an airtight jar for up to 6 months. Makes about 1 1/4 cups.