North Indian Curry Powder

Garam Masala (North Indian Curry Powder)

Australia doesn’t officially celebrate Thanksgiving but, most retailers take advantage of the occasion to put up sales. I found a Tribest personal blender marked down and immediately ordered one! On unpacking, I found out that it also grinds coffee… which means it makes dry spice mixtures! My Garam Masala supply had dwindled so, I jumped on the chance this weekend to make more. Garam Masala also, called Curry Powder has several variations depending on the cook’s preferences and availability of raw spices. Some people roast their spices before grinding them, but I find grinding at room temperature the best after sun drying the spices for a couple of hours. My Garam Masala is always stored in air tight glass jars in the fridge and lasts for a good 2 – 3 months. Here’s my recipe adapted from my dear mother – in – law’s recipe for North Indian/ Punjabi Garam Masala.

 Freshly ground Garam Masala

Garam Masala
Yields 12
A fragrant spice powder mix that tastes awesome with most rice, veggie and lentil preparations!
Ingredients
  1. Cumin Seeds - 2 teaspoons
  2. Coriander Seeds - 2 teaspoons
  3. Whole Cloves - 1 teaspoon
  4. Green Fennel Seeds - 1 teaspoon
  5. Green Cardamom - 5
  6. Black Cardamom - 2
  7. Cinnamon Sticks - 3 to 4
  8. Dried Mace Flower - 1
  9. Star Anise Seed - 1
  10. Indian Bay Leaves, dried - 2 to 3
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Instructions
  1. Break the cinnamon, star anise, mace flower and bay leaves into smaller pieces.
  2. Grind together to a fine powder.
  3. Store in an airtight glass jar in the fridge.
Notes
  1. My North Indian Garam Masala uses 10 spices and no turmeric as, I always have turmeric powder on hand.
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Adapted from Traditional Family Recipe
Adapted from Traditional Family Recipe
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6 thoughts on “Garam Masala (North Indian Curry Powder)”

  1. Very similar to my Gujarati recipe passed down to me! Thank you for sharing yours. Though Indian bay leaves are new to me, Are you referrring to curry leaves?

    1. Thanks 😊 Garam Masala is one of those recipes that is similar but different I suppose. Indian Bay Leaves are also called “Tej Patta” and are the leaves of the Cassia plant. Curry Leaves taste quite different flavour wise.

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