Easy Garam Masala

Garam Masala

Garam Masala is one of my favorite spice blends that I have in my pantry.  It is a deliciously aromatic mixture of cumin, coriander, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg that brings an exotic taste to many dishes.  Garam Masala is an essential ingredient in traditional Indian cooking.  I learned about Garam Masala only a couple of years ago and I have been a complete fan ever since.  Garam Masala is generally made with whole spices, toasted and ground but, this recipe is a good substitute if you are in a pinch.  It’s easy to make and can be made with ingredients you already have on hand.  Enjoy!  Tessa


  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.  Transfer to an air tight container.  Makes about 1/4 cup.

20 thoughts on “Easy Garam Masala

  1. mjskit

    Darn – I guess I need to finish off the bag of garam masala that I have in the pantry! I have all of these spices so why but the mix? Thanks for posting this!

    1. Tessa

      As long as I stock all the ingredients I’m not going to spend money on store bought Garam Masala again :)…

  2. Lasuch w kuchni

    I’m using garam masala for years now but have never thought about making the spice by myself. This idea is worth considering although my laziness can prevail here ;-)

    1. Tessa

      Hey Joanna! It’s worth considering because it is way the heck cheaper than a store bought blend :). Not to mention, you can adjust the ratio of ingredients to suit your taste.

  3. Sissi

    I use garam masala quite often, so I’m glad to learn how easy it is to prepare my own. Thanks for sharing this excellent idea.

  4. Rowena (Apron and Sneakers)

    Strangely enough, I never used garam masala in any of my cooking. My kids are not into strong spices so I refrain from using them. I would like to try one day and mix this one myself when my kids get over their anti-spice stage. I am relieved to know that I can actually prepare it at home. Thanks Tessa!

    1. Tessa

      Hi Weng! Bruce dislikes strong spices but he seems to manage well with this one. What’s cool about making your own spice blends is that you can adjust ingredients to suit your needs. So, when I make dishes for Bruce, I have to be conscientious about the heat level. Poor guy… He’s missing out on so much :)!

    1. Tessa

      Hey Claire! I still think that toasting and grinding your own spices is best but, this is a good substitute if you are in a pinch!

    1. Tessa

      Hi Alli! I need to learn how to make more of these mixtures instead of relying on store bought. A couple of mixes that I need to figure out are pumpkin pie spice and poultry seasoning.

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