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a tin of garam masala

Homemade Garam Masala

Here’s how to make your own homemade Garam Masala spice blend.

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 15 1x


  • 3 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons cardamom seeds
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves


  1. Heat a small skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the coriander, cumin, cardamom, and peppercorns. Stir occasionally to evenly toast the spices for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Once the spices are toasted and have released their aromas, set them to one side.
  4. Allow to cool, then grind in a coffee grinder or use a mortar and pestle.
  5. Stir in the grated nutmeg and cinnamon.
  6. Pour your spice blend into an airtight container then store in a cool, dry place for up to several months.


  1. Store your spice blend in an airtight container for up to several months.

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