Warm Spice Mix (Garam Masala Powder)

Garam masala means 'hot mixture' and is a North Indian spice blend used in many Indian recipes. You can vary this recipe a bit—experiment with various spices until you find the combination that works for you.

Makes: 2Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 15 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Makes: 2


  • 8 cloves
  • 4 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 3 green cardamom pods, husks removed and discarded
  • 2 black cardamom pods, husks removed and discarded
  • 1 cinnamon stick (2 inches)
  • 2 tsp. coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp. black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1⁄8 tsp. grated nutmeg


  • Heat a small skillet on medium. Add all the spices except the nutmeg, and dry roast the spices, stirring constantly. After about 5 minutes, the spices will darken and begin to release a unique aroma.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat, then add the nutmeg. Transfer the spice mix to a bowl and allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
  • Using a spice grinder, grind the spices to a fine powder. Store in an airtight jar. The spice mixture will keep for up to 3 months.