Garam Masala Spice Blend

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recipe by Cookery Nation

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This particular spice blend recipe hugs the boundary between sweet and savory. I find it extremely versatile for most recipes. I also like the added benefits of having ginger and turmeric included – which are wonderful anti-inflammatory spices. When adding to a recipe, add nearer to the end. It is also important to use just a little as it can easily become overpowering in a dish and it can warm your stomach too much. There is no salt in this blend, so salt the recipe you are using this blend with to your taste. If you choose to use whole spices, go the extra step of roasting them prior to grinding. Roasting helps the spices to release their aroma. This recipe makes a small amount. This is so that you can experiment until it perfectly matches your taste. Once perfected, you can scale the recipe up and make larger batches, so you always have it on hand.

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recipe updated Mar 19, 2020


  • Ground cumin icon
    Ground cumin
    1 tbsp (about 6.3 g)
  • Ground coriander icon
    Ground coriander
    1 ½ tsp (about 2.55 g)
  • Ground cardamom icon
    Ground cardamom
    1 ½ tsp (about 3 g)
  • Black pepper icon
    Black pepper
    ½ tsp (about 1.07 g)
  • Ground cinnamon icon
    Ground cinnamon
    1 tsp (about 2.65 g)
  • Ground ginger icon
    Ground ginger
    ½ tsp (about 0.93 g)
  • Nutmeg icon
    ½ tsp (about 1.17 g)
  • Ground cloves icon
    Ground cloves
    ½ tsp (about 1.12 g)
  • Ground turmeric icon
    Ground turmeric
    ½ tsp (about 1.15 g)


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  1. Add ground cumin, ground coriander, ground cardamom, black pepper, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, ground cloves and ground turmeric to a clean small bowl
  2. Mix until well blended
  3. Transfer spices to jar
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