The garam masala spice mix is one of the most used in all Indian cooking, as you're surely aware if you've tried your hand at some recipes from that area. It's usually bought ready-made, but if you make it at home it will be much more flavorful and intense, as spices tend to fade out after grinding.
I've bought an electrical spice grinder and thought I'd have some fun, and this is the first thing that was on the list. The result was even better than I anticipated. :)
The ingredients sometimes vary from area to area and from kitchen to kitchen, but a common recipe has been reached and this is it. Enjoy.
Last year: Peanut butter and bacon sandwich (American).
Two years ago: Breakfast pizza with bacon and egg.
Three years ago: Dukkah-coated turkey wraps.
Four years ago: Sweet pumpkin strips, pan-fried, with honey (vegan) and Simple wellness salad with potatoes, apple, feta and egg.
Ingredients (for a small spice jar):
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon white peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- 1 teaspoon green cardamom seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mace (macis)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon powdered garlic
The instructions couldn't be simpler: put everything in an electrical spice grinder and grind away. If you plan to use it really soon and want to make it even more wonderful, heat the whole spices in a dry pan until you can smell them, and only then put them in the grinder and proceed.
It's done. Store it in an air-tight container and enjoy.