Category: Spices
Rating: 4.19
Servings: 1


2 cinnamon sticks
3 bay leaves
40 gm (1 1/2 oz) cumin seeds
25 gm (1 oz) coriander seeds
20 gm (3/4 oz) green or black cardamom se; eds
20 gm (3/4 oz) black peppercorns
15 gm (1/2 oz) cloves
15 gm (1/2 oz) ground mace

Directions: How to Cook Basic Garam Masala (Indian Spice)

This is a version of the most common type of garam masala used throughout Uttar Pradesh and the Punjab, which goes well with onion-based sauces for meats and poultry. It is a spicy, pungent blend. Change the proportions to suit your taste and the dish.

Break the cinnamon sticks into pieces. Crumble the bay leaves. Heat a heavy frying pan and after 2-3 minutes put in the whole spices. Dry roast over a medium heat until the color darkens, stirring or shaking the pan frequently to prevent burning. Leave to cool, then grind and blend with the mace. In an airtight container, the mixture will keep for 3-4 months.

* To make a mild and subtle Moghul Masala, use only green cardamoms, cinnamon, black peppercorns, mace and a few cloves.

* For a hot Gujerati Masala, add sesame seeds, fennel seeds, ajowan seeds and chilies.

* For a mildish Kashmiri Masala, use black cumin seeds, green cardamoms, black peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, mace, and add a little grated nutmeg.

* For a hot Parsi Dhansak Masala, add fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, chilies and ground turmeric, and double the amount of coriander seeds.

Source: Jill Norman "The Complete Book of Spices" Viking Studio Books, 1991 ISBN 0-670-83437-8 The book is lavishly illustrated with full color photographs of the herbs and spices- whole, mixed, ground.

Recipe by: Jill Norman * Web File 4/97 Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #615 by "Mary Spyridakis" on May 16, 97

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the indian garam masala is very spicy . so i think you can also try the indian garam masala ...add restaurant

Posted on 09 Jul 2010, 07:34 ET

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