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March 2, 2014


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Nowadays Garam masala powder has become an important ingredient in cooking like salt & chilli powder. So I buy it every month along with other groceries without fail. But once I wanted to prepare at home and see the output. I have never thought, homemade Garam Masala Powder tastes and smells sooo good equivalent to store bought ones. Its so easy and comes out with superb flavour.

As you all know, there are many varieties of Garam masala powder. People in Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab and Gujarat have their own style of making. Soon I’ll share those recipes from my friends. This is just a general version of making garam masala powder at home for beginners. I have given only limited quantity of ingredients. 

If you like this recipe, you can make in bulk and store it in an air tight box. Just a tsp of it would be enough to make a flavourful gravy. I tried this recipe after referring some store bought masala packets and my cookbook. I used red chillies in this recipe. So it tastes mildly spicy too. It smells & stays good for months when handled with care. U can also refrigerate but it may not be necessary.

Here is a picture of ingredients I have used in this recipe. Hope you’ll try and like this recipe.

Homemade Garam Masala Powder Recipe

Homemade Garam Masala Powder Recipe How to make Garam masala powder at home - Cooking essentials
Cuisine: Indian
Category: How to's
Serves: 1/3 cup
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 10 Minutes


  • Dhania - 2 tbsp
  • Cumin - 1 tbsp
  • Pepper - 1 tbsp
  • Cardamom - 6 nos
  • Cinnamon - 2 long sticks (finger size)
  • Cloves – 8 nos
  • Fennel or aniseed – 1.5 tbsp
  • Bay leaves - 1 no
  • Star anise - 1 no
  • Nutmeg - 1/2 no (Break into small pieces before roasting)
  • Red chillies - 6 nos (adjust)
  • Dry ginger powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Kasuri methi - 1 tsp
  • Caraway seeds ( black jeera) - 1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
  • Hing – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – as needed

  • Break the nutmeg into small pieces. Pinch the red chillies. Dry roast all the ingredients given above in medium flame till you get a nice aroma without changing the color. Take care you don’t burn them. U can also roast them individually.
  • Grind everything to a fine powder adding salt after it cools down. No need to sieve.
  • Store in an air tight box after it cools down completely. Use a clean spoon every time and close the box tightly after use to retain its smell.


  • U can use a small piece of dry ginger if you don’t have its powder in hand. In that case, break the ginger into very small pieces before roasting.
  • Grind only after all the ingredients cools down completely else small lumps may form.
  • For variations,u can omit red chillies. U can also try adding few black stone flowers/Kalpasi and one Marati moggu for more flavor.

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Unknown said...

Looks so flavorful dear ..very useful post..nothing beats d homemade ones :)

AparnaRajeshkumar said...

very nice presentation ..i loved it much.

Unknown said...

Homemade is always the best to make

Unknown said...

Lovely clicks..... Very flavorful homemade !!

Babitha said...

i can feel the aroma here,home mades r always best

great-secret-of-life said...

homemade is best.. nice presentation

nandoos kitchen said...

very flavourful powder. Always homemade powder is the best. Very well presented.

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Abhivyaktiya said...

Homemade flavorful garam masala with nice presentation.

Rafeeda AR said...

homemade is always the best! looks so flavorful...

Shoba said...

Really good....

Shama Nagarajan said...

flavourful dear

Priya Anandakumar said...

beautiful clicks and very flavorful and aromatic garam masala powder...

Sona said...

Loved the last pic.. Homemade masala are always best.. Fresh and flavorful masala..

Unknown said...

I have been searching for this recipe ur always rocking mam ll surely gng 2 try this recipe

Chitra said...

Thank you ma. Share your feedback too :)