I have been wanting to try getting into more Indian cuisine for a while now. The one thing that I noticed right away was that a lot of recipes called for garam masala. Garam masala is a blend of ground "warm" spices and I figured that it would be a nice place to start exploring Indian cuisine. Finding a recipe for garam masala turned out to be a bit more difficult than I thought it would be as there seems to be an infinite number of variations. I looked through a many of them and decided to go with a pretty basic blend of some of the more common components of the garam masalas that I had seen. I have learned that it is a good idea to toast the spices to bring out their flavour. Once the garam masala was all toasted and ground it had a really nice aroma. The garam masala at this stage did have a nice warm taste to it. It was fun toasting and grinding up my own garam masala and now I look forward to using it.
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 1 whole nutmeg seed
- 1 1/2 tablespoon cardamom pods
- 1 1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds
- 1 1/2 tablespoon peppercorns
- 1/2 tablespoon cloves
- Toast everything in a pan one at a time until fragrant.
- Grind everything in a grinder.