Ever wondered how to make Garam Masala? What is Garam Masala anyway, and is there one recipe for it?
WHAT IS GARAM MASALA?
In Hindi, the word Garam means hot. Masala is a ubiquitous term used to refer to any sort of spice mix. The thing about Garam Masala, however, is that there is no one garam masala recipe. Every household tends to make their own. Moreover, garam masalas differ by region. Check out this Punjabi garam masala recipe that I have. My cookbook, Indian Instant Pot Cookbook, also has a recipe for Maharashtrian Goda Masala, and all three masalas are very different.
Moreover, we use spices either whole or ground, raw or toasted, and in a host of different other combinations. If you’d like to learn more about cooking with spices, check out this video, and download these free slides that tell you more about how to use spices, especially in Indian cooking.
BEST RECIPE FOR GARAM MASALA
This recipe for Homemade Garam Masala was adapted from my favorite Indian cookbook, Raghavan Iyer’s 660 Curries. If you love to cook and are willing to spend a little extra time to make sure everything is made fresh and authentically, this is the one to choose.
If you plan to cook any of my Indian recipes, you will notice that I use this Garam Masala as a substitute for whole spices very often.
While traditional Indian Cooking involves the use of many whole spices, most non-Indians are not used to eating around whole spices. I use this as a substitute for a lot of different spices.
I urge you to take the 5 minutes to make this homemade garam masala. Not only will it improve the flavors in your cooking, it will ensure your cooking tastes exactly like what I cook in my own kitchen!
If you’d like to watch a video to see how simple this is, check out this video on how to make your own garam masala.
The best places to get all the spices are either Whole Foods, Central Market, Sprouts, or other stores that have spice bins, or an Indian grocery store. I suggest you get whole spices because not only do they keep fresh for a year, but if you get the spices for this mix, you will be able to make many of the other spice mixes that I have listed on this blog.
Equipment & Ingredients You May Need to Make Homemade Garam Masala
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- Put all ingredients into a clean coffee grinder and grind until it's a coarse-fine powder.
Shake it about as its being ground so all the seeds and bits get under the blades.
- When you're finished, unplug the grinder, and turn it upside down.
- You want all the spice to collect into the lid so you can easily scoop it out without cutting yourself
- playing about around the blades.
- Finished! Use in the palak paneer recipe I have posted as well as the chicken curry recipe.
Many of my Indian recipes use homemade garam masala. You can check out more Traditional Indian Dishes made easy and fast with my new cookbook!
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- Prep Advice for stocking your kitchen with the best tools and spices
- Instant Pot Guide making the most of your Instant Pot for delicious Indian dishes
- Handy Tips substituting ingredients for variations on your favorite recipes