How to Mix Garam Masala

Makes 70 g or 1 cup garam masala


9 tablespoons coriander seeds

2 tablespoons black cumin seeds

1 or 2 cloves

½ * piece cinnamon

1 pod cardamom

1 blade mace

¼ teaspoon turmeric powder

½ teaspoon chilli powder

pinch of nutmeg powder

½ teaspoon sesame powder

½ teaspoon poppy seeds

1 teaspoon dry coconut pieces

5 or 6 pepper-corns

Pinch of asafetida

½ bay leaf

½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon oil for roasting


Roast all ingredients, except salt, separately in oil.  Grind to a fine powder and sieve.  Add salt and store in an air-tight container.