Thursday, December 26, 2013

Garam Masala Spice Mix

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.

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