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How to Grind Your Own Garam Masala

How to Grind Your Own Garam Masala

Learn how to make your own garam masala from spices you already have. Plus, if you’re using fresh spices you’re grinding yourself, the spice blend will be that much more flavorful.

Garam Masala is a staple in Indian cuisine, but even if you’re not cooking Indian food, there is plenty of dishes you can use it in. I love adding it to rice dishes, grilled vegetables and sometimes even to tomato sauces. It’s very easy to make, and if you don’t have all ingredients grounded, you can easily mix them as whole and ground in a mortar. Transfer to a small glass container, decorate nicely and it makes a lovely gift.

Try your newly ground garam masala in this chickpea chan masala recipe.

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How to Grind Your Own Garam Masala

  • Author: Anja
  • Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1½ tsp ground coriander
  • 1½ tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cloves


  1. Mix all spices together in a mortar. If you use any of them as whole spice, make sure to grind it thoroughly in the mortar.
  2. Transfer to a small glass container and store in cool and dry place.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes


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