Homemade Garam Masala

April 9, 2023mayurisjikoni
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Recipe: Homemade Garam Masala

Homemade Garam Masala is a blend of spices that is an essential part of the Indian Cuisine. Garam means hot, not temperature wise but as in taste. However, it is not that hot, but adds a subtle heat to any curry or masala. Masala is spices in Hindi. While garam masala is easily available in the market, I find it lacks the flavour and aroma of certain spices. To me it usually tastes of just coriander powder and cloves.

Uses Of Garam Masala

Mostly garam masala is used in curries, be it fresh vegetables ones, with lentils and beans or in non vegetarian curries. I love adding them to the following:

A healthy creamy curry that goes well with plain rice, Roti or Naan. Urad dal or Split Black Gram Curry is a good way to include plant proteins in your diet.
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Do Pyaza means 2 onions. This curry base is made using finely chopped and chunky onions along with other spices, tomatoes, to create a naturally sweetish, creamy curry base.
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Mughlai Egg Curry is an aromatic, rich, creamy, delectable curry that one can proudly serve during any festival or holiday.
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Dahi Bhindi/Okra Yogurt Curry
Dahi Bhindi/Okra Yogurt Curry is creamy, slightly spicy and tangy curry that goes well with any Indian Flatbread like roti, paratha, naan or rice. An easy curry to prepare, it is a different way to enjoy okra or bhindi from the usual dry preparation.
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Why Make Garam Masala At Home?

Every Indian household will have its own version of garam masala. Some add just a few spices while some add a whole variety of them. Making your own garam masala at home allows you to add or substract spices according to your family’s taste. Secondly, homemade spice mixtures or blends tend to be fresh and more flavourful. I prefer to make small batches as it does not take too much time to make them at home.

Other Spice Blends Or Mixtures I Make At Home

Doodh Masala | Masala Milk Powder is an Indian Spice Mixture made using nuts,seeds and warming spices. This spice mixture, Doodh Masala or Milk Spice Mixture is usually added to hot or warm milk.
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To give any biryani dish that spicy, aromatic, exquisite, distinct taste adding Biryani Masala is a must. Use this Biryani Masala or Biryani Spice Mixture for any biryani you prepare.
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Homemade Tea Masala or Chai Masala is an aromatic mixture of spices to add to your daily cuppa tea. Use the spice mixture for cakes, cookies, tea breads, latte.
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Thandai is a refreshing traditional milk based Indian Drink that is quite popular during the Holi Festival. Made from spices, nuts, seeds and rose petals, its not only a cooler but also a nutritious drink.
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Dhana Jiru is basically a combination of roasted coriander seeds and cumin seeds. Some add turmeric to it some don't. Dhana Jiru is used in every Gujarati home for all the dals, curries, shaaks/Sabjis (vegetables), and some snacks too.
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Cajun Seasoning

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Ingredients Required For Homemade Garam Masala

  • Coriander Seeds – dhana, dhania. Dry coriander seeds.
  • Black Peppercorns – kali mirch, mari.
  • Cumin Seeds – jeera, jiru.
  • Fennel Seeds – saunf, valiyari
  • Cloves – laving, laung.
  • Caraway Seeds – shahi jeera.
  • Bay Leaves – tej patta.
  • Green Cardamom – elaichi, elchi.
  • Black Cardamom – badi elaichi
  • Cinnamon – taj
  • Mace – javantri. I added a small piece. If you have only the powder then add ¼ tsp.
  • Nutmeg – jaiphal. I used half of a small nutmeg. Can add ½ tsp nutmeg powder instead.
  • Star Anise – badiyan ka phool, chakra phool, chakra valiyari.

All these spices are easily available in all Indian Stores or Online. I got all my spices online from Singhal’s Montreal.

Please note: I am not paid to advertise this Indian Grocery Store. In my opinion it is a delight shopping with them for all my spices, grains, beans, etc.




Watch How To How Make Homemade Garam Masala




Homemade Garam Masala is a blend of spices that is an essential part of the Indian Cuisine. Garam means hot, not temperature wise but as in taste. However, it is not that hot, but adds a subtle heat to any curry or masala. Masala is spices in Hindi.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Cooling Time: 5 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Course Spice Mixture
Cuisine Indian


  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • ½ tsp caraway seeds
  • 1 3 inches cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 mace or ¼ tsp powder
  • ½ small nutmeg or ½ tsp powder


  • Heat a wide pan over low heat.
  • Add cinnamon stick, broken into smaller pieces, black cardamom, star anise and nutmeg piece in the pan. Roast till it becomes warm. Check by touching it.
  • Then add the peppercorns and cloves.
  • Stir and roast till they become warm. This will take about 1 minute.
  • Add the mace and bay leaves. Break the leaves into small pieces. Becomes easier to grind.Roast till they become warm.
  • Transfer these spices to a wide plate to cool.
  • Put the pan back on the heat.
  • Add green cardamoms and coriander seeds. Roast till you get the aroma of the coriander seeds and they become light brown in colour. This will take about 2-3 minutes.
  • Transfer the spices to the plate with other spices.
  • Return the pan on the heat. Add cumin, fennel and caraway seeds. Roast them stirring all the time till the cumin seeds begin to crackle. This will take about 1-2 minutes.
  • Transfer the spices to the plate. Allow all the spices to cool down completely.
  • Transfer all the spices to the spice or coffee grinder.
  • Grind the garam masala to a fine powder.
  • Store garam masala in an airtight container to maintain the freshness and fragrance.
  • If you don't use the spice mix too often then store it in an airtight container in the fridge.


  • Adjust the amount of peppercorns according to your taste.
  • If you don't have whole nutmeg and mace then use powders. Add them when you are about to grind the spices.
  • Don't grind the powder too much. Natural oil from the spices will ooze out and clump up the powder.
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  • Wendy Klik

    April 10, 2023 at 7:50 am

    I can only imagine how lovely the house smells while you are toasting those spices.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 10, 2023 at 4:18 pm

      Thank you so much Wendy. The house definitely smells good whenever I make a fresh batch of spice mixtures.

  • Karen’s Kitchen Stories

    April 10, 2023 at 8:51 pm

    I just love the long list of ingredients in Indian spice mixes. The complexity of the flavor blend is always so intoxicating!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 14, 2023 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks Karen, the long list of spices may appear daunting to you but these are common spices in any Indian Sub Continent kitchen. It definitely is an aromatic spice blend.

  • Stacy

    April 13, 2023 at 6:04 am

    Homemade garam masala is always much better than store-bought because who knows how long those packets or jars have sat on the shelf. Yours looks wonderful, Mayuri!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 14, 2023 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you so much Stacy, yes I once made the mistake of buying ready made one and when I opened the packet it had fungus.

  • Sneha Datar

    April 13, 2023 at 12:37 pm

    I bet this homemade garam masala is too good than a store bought one!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 14, 2023 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks Sneha. It is as it has the right proportions of all the spices. With ready made ones, the cheapest spices are used in larger quantity.

  • Seema Sriram

    April 18, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    5 stars
    For innumerable years now I have stopped buying garam masala and made in small quantities at home. One thing I love is even though just slightly different, each of our recipes are uniquely flavourful. My bottle is near empty so will try your recipe for next batch.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 18, 2023 at 8:13 pm

      Thank you so much Seema. I also make it in small quantities as I don’t use garam masala in all my dishes. Hope you like my version.

  • Keto Queen Recipes

    April 20, 2023 at 5:14 am

    great post – thanks !!
    I absolutely love this article on homemade Garam Masala! I appreciate the author’s attention to detail and explanation of the meanings behind the spices used in Indian cuisine. It’s great to know that I can easily make my own Garam Masala at home with a more personalized flavor profile. The suggested uses for Garam Masala in various dishes also have me excited to try it out in my own cooking. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      April 21, 2023 at 1:16 pm

      Thank you so much for appreciating my blog post.

  • Preethicuisine

    May 1, 2023 at 8:49 am

    5 stars
    Home made Garam masala is so flavourful . I love fresh home made masala . Can’t wait to try your version of Garam masala. Many households have their own variations.Love the flavor profile.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 1, 2023 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks Preethi, totally agree that every household has its own version of garam masala.

  • Kalyani

    May 1, 2023 at 9:07 am

    5 stars
    Homemade garam masala with each household’s assortments / proporitons of spices is surely a game changer. will try out ur recipe for the next batch

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 1, 2023 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks Kalyani.

  • Priya Vj

    May 4, 2023 at 9:33 am

    5 stars
    I can imagine the wonderful aroma wafting around your home as you roast and blend this wonderful garam masala . The specialty of home made masalas is the long lasting flavor and aroma due to careful roasting of ingredients at the proper temperature.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      May 4, 2023 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks Priya and you’re absolutely right, we allow the spices to roast properly and at the right temperature. This helps in preserving the aroma and flavour.

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