Garam Masala Powder

The last time I brought garam masala powder from the store, it didn’t have any aroma at all. So, today while cooking Sprouted Green Gram Palya/Sabzi I decided to prepare the garam masala fresh at home. It was quite easy and took me just a few minutes. I searched lots of recipes and created my own version such that I could use it in all vegetables.


  • 1/4 cup coriander seeds
  • 1/4 cup cumin seeds
  • Cardamom – 2 tblsp
  • black pepper – 2 tblsp
  • Cloves – 2 tblsp
  • Fennel Seeds – 2 tblsp
  • Cinnamon – 6 sticks
  • Bay leaves – 2 large
  • Black Cardamom – (optional)
  • Roasted Nutmeg – (optional)


  • Fry the ingredients on low heat
  • When you get a nice aroma, switch off the stove
  • Grind when cooled
  • Strain and grind again to get a fine powder.
  • garam-masalaAdd 1-2 tsp to any vegetable you are cooking at the end.
    use-garam-masalaThe house smells so good, and the food just tastes delicious.

17 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Pallavi on November 29, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Hi if adding Nutmeg and Black cardamom, what are their quantities. Please let me know.


  2. Posted by Indira on July 30, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Hi Meera. I read the other posts and got my answer. I had not done so before my previous post.
    It is coriander seeds. Thanks.


  3. Posted by Indira on July 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks for for the garam masala recipe Meera.Just needed to clarify if it is coriander leaves or coriander seeds.Your recipe says coriander seeds.


  4. Posted by jamuna on July 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    excellent idea. thanks meera.


  5. Posted by upendra on July 29, 2013 at 8:52 am

    we are following you, What is Next ?



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  7. What do you mean “Netmeg” ?


  8. Posted by Savitha on July 28, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    The idea of adding bay leaf is great.
    I add a pinch of roasted nutmeg also.


  9. Posted by Lalitha Rao on July 28, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks Meera, Though I have been wanting to prepare my own Garam Masala powder in the house, Have not because of laziness. What are Fennel Seeds? I think I have all the other ingredients which are required except Fennel Seeds


  10. Thanks for the formula of Garam Masala.However,I think instead of Coriander seeds you have inserted Coriander leaves.But I am sure readers of your blog will know from the beautiful photo!


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