I did A LOT of East-Indian cooking while I was married to my Ex husband (who was from India). This spice mix is often used in Indian cooking. Many East-Indian families have their own Garam Masala mix. And you can buy it pre-made in stores. But... unless you have an Indian grocery store nearby, buying this in regular American stores can get expensive. So here is my favorite homemade go-to recipe for this particular spice mix. You can make a whole bunch of it and keep it in a nice, tight-sealed container. I highly recommend buying the "Badia" brand of spices, usually found in the hispanic foods section-- most grocers carry it, and they are 1/2 to 1/4 the price of other spice brands. You can also find some of these in dollar stores.
Garam Masala Spice Mix
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 ½ tsp chilli powder
1 tsp ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Bay leaf crumbled
blend all spices together in a food processor, to crush the whole spices. Store in an air-tight container. Makes 1/4 cup.