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.

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Garam Masala
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 2 blades mace
  • 10 cardamom pods crushed
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cloves
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 2 bay leaves *
  • 1 dried red chilli *
  • 1 tablespoon allspice berries *
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric *
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon dried rose petals
  1. add all the spices to a dry frying pan on a low heat
  2. shake the pan as they start to crackle
  3. when you can smell the spices remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool
  4. grind the spices in a spice grinder or with a pestle and mortar until you have the desired consistency
Cooks Notes
* these are my own additions


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    • I love the scent of this masala – hope you were not rained away – I have been watching SKY news non stop xox

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  9. 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!

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    • 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.

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  10. 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

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  11. 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

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