Homemade Garam Masala
This post may contain affiliate links, including those from Amazon.com, which means we earn a small commission off your purchases. And here's the thing: We only mention services and products that we think are truly worth your attention, whether they're free, paid, or otherwise. This site relies on YOUR trust, so if we don't stand behind a product 110%, it's not mentioned. Period.
If you make curries very often, I'm sure you've run across the spice blend called garam masala.
It's savory, sweet, and just a bit spicy – just right for a comforting curry.
However, both because I want to demystify what's in garam masala and because I want to show you how easy it is to make at home in case it's difficult to find a good quality source of garam masala where you live, today I'm posting our recipe for homemade garam masala.
Besides, it's easy, it's cheaper, and it takes less than five minutes, so like most spice blends, it's just plain smart to make your own! 🙂
Happy cooking and happy curries!
Homemade Garam Masala
- ¼ cup ground cumin
- ¼ cup ground coriander
- 2 tablespoons ground cardamom
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground cloves
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- Mix cumin, coriander, cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg in a bowl. Place mix in an airtight container, and store in a cool, dry place.
Ahhh… thanks Kresha! I just recently started liking Indian food. Have you tried samosas? Delicious! This recipe will come in handy as I have been trying to make a lot of my own spice blends and condiments lately. It really is cheaper!
Kresha I just found your page and you are FABULOUS! I love that you are married to an organic farmer! Keep on doing what you are doing!
Is this 1/4 cup ground coriander leaves or 1/4 cup ground coriander Seed?
This refers to ground coriander seed. Generally (at least in North America) it’s simply labeled as “ground coriander,” but if you’re grinding your own, then yes – it’s seeds. 🙂
Are you specifying black or green cardamom in the garam masala recipe?
I typically use green, but I didn’t specify which one because either is fine. Your choice. 🙂
Thank you for posting this. I was so happy it is still available – even 4 years after you posted the recipe for Garam Masala. Another site I saved a couple years ago that also posted a recipe is no longer in existence. I should start saving certain recipes to my computer, just in case. The recipe was similar to yours but I know there are regional differences even within India. But it’s all good! Thank you again. Your recipe is a very good blend. I plan to make a large batch to use as Christmas gifts to my sisters.
Sounds so good! Thank you 🦋
I tried it! It came out smelling lively and spicy. Can’t wait to try it. thank you for sharing.