Garam Masala (Indian Spice Mix) Recipe

Garam Masala (Indian Spice Mix)


  • 1 tablespoon of green cardamon seeds
  • 2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds (can be toasted)
  • 1 teaspoon of whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of whole black peppercorns
  • 1/4 of whole nutmeg

How to make Garam Masala (Indian Spice Mix)

I'm not too fond of the generic store bought garam masala, as freshly ground masala tastes much better! Here is my recipe for it:

  1. Simply put all the ingredients into a spice grinder or coffee grinder or use a mortar and pestle until the you get a fine powder
  2. Store in a dark and dry place in an airtight container

Yields about 1/4 cup of garam masala

Note: I had some questions and comments about the picture, and how it contains star anise. Its usually not an ingredient included in basic garam masala. As for the picture, its a stock image, not actually my own. I've mentioned before that I don't usually keep a camera in my kitchen lol. Sorry about the confusion! :)

  • Vivren
    Vivren says

    Ooooo, never tried making my own! Exciting!

  • Sinbad
    Sinbad says


  • rachel
    rachel says

    Awesome! Thanks for this. I've always wanted to know what exactly it was that went into Garam Masala. (Btw - I notice you have Star Anise in the picture but not in the ingredients list.. can this be added as well?)

  • jawats
    jawats says

    This looks great!!

  • acd111
    acd111 says

    oh this is good to know! I have about a pound of cardamon and cinnamon, and some cumin seeds that I brought back from india.

  • currylover35
    currylover35 says

    Have you ever heard of Shiba's brand spices? They make the best curry paste I've ever tasted (and their mango chutney is out of this world).

  • Panthropology
    Panthropology says

    At the risk of violating site rules, I would like to inform anyone looking for bulk spices that I use for mine. You can get bulk, organic, non-irradiated spices there (usually fair-trade) even cheaper than the bulk bins at safeway, kroger, etc.

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