This is a quick Garam Masala (Indian spice) mix. Garam Masala is better when made with whole spices that have been roasted and ground, but this is a quick and easy substitute that's pretty good.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
total:
5 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 /4 cup
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix cumin, coriander, cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg in a bowl. Place mix in an airtight container, and store in a cool, dry place.

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Nutrition Facts

6 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 1g; fat 0.2g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 1.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2008
I loved this stuff. I used whole spices though, roasted them together on dry pan until you could smell the aroma and then ground them all up. Was perfect on chicken tandoori and pulav. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/17/2012
I've used many Garam Masala's in my cooking because my husband is from Punjab and we both enjoy Indian food. I use to make my own Garam Masala but found it too time consuming to make from scratch, I tried this recipe because it used less ingredients than what I am used to cooking with. Sorry but it was lacking in the rich flavour that I am use to. I have also tried some other brands like McCormick's and was disappointed at the blend. I just recently discovered the most amazing Garam Masala when I visited a Farmers Market in Port Moody area close to Vancouver BC. It was amazing, it was a punjabi style garam masala that can be used for hundreds of recipes. It seriously reminded me of my mother-in-laws cooking back in punjab! You can get it online from IndiaBase Canada's website. Sharmila masala's is another brand that I truly love, but its a bit hard to find. Making Garam Masala is an art and often takes several tries before getting it right! Hope this review helped! Read More
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239 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 197
  • 4 star values: 34
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
08/17/2012
I've used many Garam Masala's in my cooking because my husband is from Punjab and we both enjoy Indian food. I use to make my own Garam Masala but found it too time consuming to make from scratch, I tried this recipe because it used less ingredients than what I am used to cooking with. Sorry but it was lacking in the rich flavour that I am use to. I have also tried some other brands like McCormick's and was disappointed at the blend. I just recently discovered the most amazing Garam Masala when I visited a Farmers Market in Port Moody area close to Vancouver BC. It was amazing, it was a punjabi style garam masala that can be used for hundreds of recipes. It seriously reminded me of my mother-in-laws cooking back in punjab! You can get it online from IndiaBase Canada's website. Sharmila masala's is another brand that I truly love, but its a bit hard to find. Making Garam Masala is an art and often takes several tries before getting it right! Hope this review helped! Read More
(227)
Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2008
I loved this stuff. I used whole spices though, roasted them together on dry pan until you could smell the aroma and then ground them all up. Was perfect on chicken tandoori and pulav. Read More
(209)
Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2008
I wanted to make Moroccan Lentil Soup from this site and of course couldn't find garam masala at my grocery store. I don't do much Indian cooking at all and didn't even know if it was a powder or paste or something else. Thankfully did a search this popped up and my soup is smelling wonderful as it simmers away! I also added this to my "spice mix" list - for Christmas I gave someone little bottles of Taco Seasoning Tourtiere Spice Mix and my own poultry seasoning mix. Plan on doing the same as part of an upcoming bridal shower gift but will add a jar of this to it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2009
This is a great garam marsala. I've used it in many dishes and really like the flavour. Thanks for submitting Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2010
I had a curry recipe that called for garam masala. I searched the grocery store endlessly (including bulk spices and specialty areas) with no luck. I was so happy to find this "quick fix" on Allrecipes. I thought this was the perfect blend of seasonings- the curry tasted delicious and authentic. I ground my own coriander because I only had whole on hand. Otherwise, left everything the same. Thanks for the recipe- I will use this from now on any time I need garam masala! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2010
Why purchase garam masala from a grocery store if you already have the spices on hand? I use this blend in many Indian dishes and I feel like it makes my cooking even more authentic and "from scratch." Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/18/2007
I bought most of the spices whole and grinded them in the coffee grinder. Used this in my oatmeal (surprisingly good) as well as a chicken thigh marinade by mixing into yogurt and seasoning with salt. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2009
I have never purchased garam masala and I didn t know its flavor. I used this recipe to make Indian dishes. I used all spices roasted them for 1-2 min (until you could smell the aroma) then ground them. I think great for use in all Indian recipes. Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2008
I too needed this for the Moroccan Lentil soup. It was easy to make and added with a little sugar and black tea makes a great quick Chai beverage! I love this site! Read More
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