Garam Masala

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Every cuisine has a special ingredient, which gives it its characteristic flavour and aroma.

If you think of Chinese cuisine, the five-spice powder comes to mind, for Bengali cuisine, there is the panch-phoron, for South Indian cooking, there is the sambhar masala, and when it comes to north Indian food, garam masala wins hands-down!

So robust and versatile is this spice powder, with such a large assortment of spices and seeds, that it can be used to flavour anything, from Pulaos and Sukhi Subzis to gravies and snacks too.

No wonder it is so popular all over the world! Although is is available even in the smallest of shops in India and in Indian stores across the world, this recipe will help you understand how to make it, so you can make it in small batches at home to enjoy the boosted aroma and flavour that only freshly-made masalas can give.

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Garam Masala recipe - How to make Garam Masala



Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 1.75 cups
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  1. Combine all the ingredients, except the dried ginger powder in a broad non-stick pan and dry roast on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring continuously. Keep aside to cool.
  2. Grind in a mixer to a smooth fine powder.
  3. Transfer the powder into a bowl, add the ginger powder and mix well.
  4. Sieve the powder well and discard the left over coarse powder and store in an air-tight container.
  5. Use as required.

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Garam Masala
 on 17 Sep 16 09:51 AM

I had followed the punjabi masala receipe of Tarla Dalalji from the internet, gave the list of quantities to my wife to prepare the masala. She prepared it - Mind blowing taste it has. Just a small quantity when added to a curry transforms it into a proper punjabi masala curry. Sincere thanks and heart felt wishes to Tarla ji. THANKS A MILLION :)
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Tarla Dalal    Hi , We are very happy to know you loved the recipe. Do try more and more recipes and do let us know how they turned out. Happy Cooking !!
17 Sep 16 12:21 PM
Garam Masala
 on 13 Jul 16 02:30 PM

Tarla Dalal,s receipes are famous since decades no introduction is necessary. I bought Microwave oven 15 years back, Tarla dalal,s recipe booklet consisting with delicious reipes. So blindly we can cook without second thought.
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Tarla Dalal    Hi Mr. Prasad , we are delighted you loved the recipe and thank you for your kind words that inspire the Tarla Dalal team. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.
13 Jul 16 04:23 PM
Garam Masala
 on 13 Dec 10 12:24 PM

How can fresh ginger be used in this garam masala recipe? It is a wet ingredient. Did you mean sonth (dried ginger powder)?