Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Garam Masala

Garam Masala is a blend of various spices, which are first roasted together and then ground into a fine powder. Each north Indian household has their own version of it. Here is a basic recipe of garam masala, which can be used  to flavor different vegetables and rice dishes.

1" Cinnamon stick, broken into small pieces
3 Bay Leaves
1/4 cup Cumin Seeds
1/3 cup Coriander Seeds
1 tbsp Green Cardamom Pods
5-6 Black Cardamom Pods
1 tbsp Whole Peppercorns
1 tsp Whole Cloves
1-2 Dried Red Chiles
1 tbsp Fennel Seeds
2 florets Star Anise
6-8 blades Mace
1/2 tsp Nutmeg

Heat a medium skillet and dry roast all of the above ingredients, except the nutmeg powder on medium to low heat by constantly stirring the mixture for about 5-6 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it cool in the skillet and then transfer it to the coffee grinder and add the ground nutmeg. Grind it till it is very fine. Pass it through a sieve. Store it in an airtight glass jar for upto 6 months.