Recipe For Garam Masala

Garam masala is an aromatic blend of spices which may be used whole or ground to a fine powder. (Curry) This recipe is my own, and so could be called Tandy Masala. You can tweak it and adjust it to your own taste but some ingredients are essential.

Garam Masala
Garam Masala

Garam Masala

Author: an original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 2 cinnamon quills
  • 2 blades mace
  • 10 cardamom pods crushed
  • 30 mls coriander seeds
  • 10 mls cloves
  • 15 mls cumin seeds
  • 15 mls black peppercorns
  • 15 mls fennel seeds
  • 2 bay leaves *
  • 1 dried red chilli *
  • 15 mls allspice berries *
  • 15 mls ground turmeric *
  • 5 mls ground nutmeg
  • 15 mls dried rose petals


  • add all the spices to a dry frying pan on a low heat
  • shake the pan as they start to crackle
  • when you can smell the spices remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool
  • grind the spices in a spice grinder or with a pestle and mortar until you have the desired consistency


* these are my own additions

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25 thoughts on “Recipe For Garam Masala

  1. THANK YOU FOR THIS RECIPE. I have been meaning to try my hand at making this from scratch for ages – you’ve just given me the push!
    Robyn x

  2. Oh Tandy this must just smell deeeeeeeeeeeeee-vine when you are roasting and grinding them. I shall definately give this a go and make some fab curry to put it in. Have a wonderful wednesday xxx Hugx to Patch xxx jan

  3. This sounds wonderful! I normally get my masala made by one of my Hindu or Muslim friends as so many of the factory produced ones have got no omph!

    1. that is the best way to get it made – however, I have never thought to ask my Muslim friends to do this for me. I will be posting ‘my’ curry powder recipe which is from our Muslim friend.

      1. The trip was quite busy with rushing between Jo’burg, PE and Plett and back again in 10 days! So much and so little has changed in the 2 years since being here in Mauritius – strange.

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