Garam Masala

Garam Masala

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garam masala recipe | Punjabi garam masala powder | homemade garam masala | with 20 amazing images.

This garam masala recipe is easy to make make as it involves roasting and blending of Indian spices. Even better, ingredients for Punjabi garam masala powder are always available in the Indian kitchen.

Every cuisine has a special ingredient, which gives it its characteristic flavour and aroma. If you think of Chinese cuisine, the five-spice powder comes to mind, for Bengali cuisine, there is the panch-phoron, for South Indian cooking, there is the sambhar masala, and when it comes to north Indian food, garam masala wins hands-down!

To make flavourful garam masala, roast cumin seeds, cardamoms, black peppercorns, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon, bayleaves and caraway seeds in a broad non-stick pan for 2-3 mins and keep aside so it cools down. Grind in a mixer to a smooth fine powder. Transfer the powder into a bowl, add the ginger powder and mix well. Sieve the powder well and discard the left over coarse powder and store in an air-tight container. Use homemade garam masala as required.

So robust and versatile is this garam masala, with such a large assortment of spices and seeds, that it can be used to flavour anything, from Pulaos and Sukhi Subzis to gravies and snacks too. Some popular recipes using garam masala are ragda pattice, paneer lababdar and spice mixed dal.

No wonder it is so popular all over the world! Although garam masala is available even in the smallest of shops in India and in Indian stores across the world, this recipe will help you understand how to make it, so you can make it in small batches at home to enjoy the boosted aroma and flavour that only freshly-made garam masalas can give.

Enjoy garam masala recipe | Punjabi garam masala powder | homemade garam masala | with detailed step by step recipe photos and video below.

Garam Masala recipe - How to make Garam Masala



Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     2Makes 1.75 cups
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For garam masala

    For garam masala
  1. Combine all the ingredients, except the dried ginger powder in a broad non-stick pan and dry roast on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring continuously. Keep aside to cool.
  2. Grind in a mixer to a smooth fine powder.
  3. Transfer the powder into a bowl, add the ginger powder and mix well.
  4. Sieve the powder well and discard the left over coarse powder and store in an air-tight container.
  5. Use homemade garam masala as required.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per cup
Energy0 cal
Protein0 g
Carbohydrates0 g
Fiber0 g
Fat0 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium0 mg
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Punjabi Garam Masala Video by Tarla Dalal
Garam Masala recipe with step by step photos

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  1. Like Garam Masala, Homemade Garma Masala, then see our other Homemade spice mix recipes. From readymade soups and pastes to chutneys and dry spice mixes, nowadays in this fast pacing life, everything is easily available in stores. But, there are many people who still prefer preparing their own Indian spice-mix at homes like the garam masala, chole masala, chaat masala etc. Our website does have all these basic masala recipes that will help you make lip-smacking food at home:

Recipe notes for Garam Masala

    Recipe notes for Garam Masala
  1. Recipe notes for Garam Masala. There is no single/standardized garam masala recipe. The ingredients differ according to the region based on locally available products as well as individuals preference. The garam masala recipe given below has some popular ingredients that you will see on a packet of readymade garam masala. Apart from that, garam masala variations may consist of turmeric, saffron, mustard seeds, mace, star anise, fenugreek or dried red chillies. Instead of dry roasting you can even keep the whole spices under sunlight and then grind them.

For the homemade Garam Masala

    For the homemade Garam Masala
  1. For preparing Garam masala at home, first take all the spices as per the given measurements and check for stones, husks, hidden mold and fungi.
  2. For roasting the whole spices for garam masala, in a broad non-stick pan, put the cumin seeds. Make sure the pan is moisture-free i.e dry when you add the ingredients.
  3. Add the cardamom. Always make use of fresh spices to get maximum flavours and aroma.
  4. Also, add black peppercorns. They provide the necessary heat to the garam masala.
  5. Add the coriander (dhania) seeds. Many people even slow-roast each individual spice and then grind them, also some make use of very little oil while roasting.
  6. Add the fennel seeds (saunf).
  7. Add the cloves (laung / lavang).
  8. Add the cinnamon sticks. If you have long pieces of cinnamon stick then break them into pieces & then add to the pan.
  9. Add the bayleaves (tejpatta). Same with bay leaves, if they are huge then tear them with your hands and then add to the pan.
  10. Add the caraway seeds (shahjeera)
  11. Add the nutmeg (jaiphal) powder. Freshly grated nutmeg also works well for the garam masala recipe.
  12. Combine all the ingredients and dry roast on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring continuously. You will see the spices have darkened slightly and give out a toasty aroma.
  13. Keep aside to cool completely. You can make the garam masala without roasting the spices as well but, roasting absorbs all the extra moisture, increasing the shelf life of the garam masala.
  14. Transfer the roasted spices to a mixer jar. If not cooled completely, then you will have lumps in your ground masala.
  15. Grind in a mixer to a smooth fine powder.
  16. Transfer the powder into a bowl.
  17. Add the ginger powder and mix well.
  18. Sieve the Homemade Garam masala well and discard the left over coarse powder.
  19. Store the garam masala in an air-tight container.
  20. Use as required. Garam masala brings out the flavor from most Indian dishes so, it is widely used in making recipes across various courses like appetizers, subji, dal, etc.


Garam Masala
 on 12 Feb 21 11:16 PM

I love the recipes, thank you so much! I have a question about using cardamom: when you say 1/2 cup of cardamom, is that including the pods? Or just the seeds, in that case it seems a lot to use 1/2 cup?
Tarla Dalal
13 Feb 21 03:30 PM
   1/2 cup cardamom is including the pods as shown in the step by step recipe images.
13 Feb 21 10:33 PM
   I''m sorry, I used the written text without the pictures. Now I see there is a version with pictures. Thank you for your response, the recipes come out really well. I tried the makhani sauce (why I needed the garam masala) and it is delicious.
Tarla Dalal
15 Feb 21 03:20 PM
   Thanks so much for trying our recipe, it means a lot to us. Keep trying more recipes and sharing your feedback with us.
Garam Masala
 on 28 Jul 20 07:12 PM

Amazing article. Thanks for sharing the garam masala recipe with us. Great post really informative and helpful.
Tarla Dalal
29 Jul 20 09:33 AM
   Thanks for the feedback.
Garam Masala
 on 29 Oct 19 08:52 PM

Tarla Dalal
02 Nov 19 11:54 AM
   Ashok, thanks for your feedback.
Garam Masala
 on 16 May 19 04:42 PM

The garam masala is too good. Thank you so much Ma''am . I had not sieved the powder. Is it necessary that it must be sieved?
Tarla Dalal
17 May 19 08:41 AM
   Hi Aruna, It is important to sieve the garam masala to remove the coarse particles.The coarse particles do not encorporate well into the subzis or gravies.
Garam Masala
 on 02 Apr 19 08:25 PM

I would like to know which brand & model mixer grinder do you use for all the spices recipe you have posted. I currently use philips mixer grinder but it gets heated up & doesn''t grind v. fine
Tarla Dalal
24 Jun 19 08:56 AM
   Hi, We have used the bajaj mixer, if it gets heated up you need to gert your mixer checked and also never blend at once, blend stop blend stop so the mixer wont get spoilt or heated up....
Garam Masala
 on 22 Nov 18 04:25 PM

Thank you for the different recipes. However I think the Garam Masala recipe is more for non veg recipes. The Gujarati Garam Masala does not contain cardamom or nutmeg.
Tarla Dalal
22 Nov 18 05:20 PM
   Hi Rohini, You can make changes as per your preferences. Thanks for your suggestions. We are very happy to know you liked the recipe. Do try more and more recipes and do let us know how they turned out. Happy Cooking !!
Garam Masala
 on 23 Jun 18 11:57 AM

What would be weight of 25 cinnamon sticks in the recipe(4.5 cup)? I am trying to use powdered cinnamon instead of stick. Your help is much appreciated.
Garam Masala
 on 12 May 18 02:46 PM

Would appreciate if you could give the measurements in grams as measuring 1/4 cup of bay leaf doesnt make sense... How many leaves woud that be in 1/4 cup.?
Tarla Dalal
12 May 18 05:03 PM
   Hi Sally, It would be around 12-15 bay leaves.
Garam Masala
 on 17 Sep 16 09:51 AM

I had followed the punjabi masala receipe of Tarla Dalalji from the internet, gave the list of quantities to my wife to prepare the masala. She prepared it - Mind blowing taste it has. Just a small quantity when added to a curry transforms it into a proper punjabi masala curry. Sincere thanks and heart felt wishes to Tarla ji. THANKS A MILLION :)
Tarla Dalal
17 Sep 16 12:21 PM
   Hi , We are very happy to know you loved the recipe. Do try more and more recipes and do let us know how they turned out. Happy Cooking !!
Garam Masala
 on 13 Jul 16 02:30 PM

Tarla Dalal,s receipes are famous since decades no introduction is necessary. I bought Microwave oven 15 years back, Tarla dalal,s recipe booklet consisting with delicious reipes. So blindly we can cook without second thought.
Tarla Dalal
13 Jul 16 04:23 PM
   Hi Mr. Prasad , we are delighted you loved the recipe and thank you for your kind words that inspire the Tarla Dalal team. Please keep posting your thoughts and feedback and review recipes you have loved. Happy Cooking.