GARAM MASALA (Traditional Powdered Spice Mix)

Garam Masala is a powdered spice mix, used in a variety of dishes from gravies to curries and kebabs and even in biryanis. Every cuisine has its own blend of spices passed down through generations.

Today we can find a number of garam masala powder sold in the market like biryani masala, fish masala, chicken masala, mutton masala, etc. For years now, I have always used my homemade garam masala for all my dishes, except for paav bhaaji and recently for chole for which I use the store bought ones.

This is a traditional masala recipe which was shared with us by our dear neighbour before my marriage. It was passed down to her by her mother. I have used this masalas for all my veg, non veg, as well as Punjabi dishes and even in biryanis! This masala is quite versatile to use and gives every dish a delicious flavour!

Here are a few dishes where this garam masala can be used….

1. Kolambi Bhaat

2. Kobiche Bhanole

3. Vaalachi Rassa Bhaaji

4. Kaale Vaataanyachi Usal

5. Mataar Chi Usal

6. Mutton Rassa

Here’s the recipe for Garam Masala….

Prep Time : 30 min

Yields : 450 gm Garam Masala


  • 200 gm Corriander Seeds (Dhaney)
  • 20 gm Cloves (Lavang)
  • 20 gm Cinnamon (Daalchini)
  • 20 gm Black Cardamom (Masala Velchi)
  • 50 gm Poppy Seeds (Khaskhas)
  • 50 gm Fennel Seeds (Badishep/Sauf)
  • 50 gm Black Peppercorns (Kaali Miri)
  • 50 gm Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
  • 10 gm Black Stone Flower (Dagadphool)
  • 10 gm Bay Leaves ….. Approx 18 leaves (Tej Paan)
  • 2 tbs Mustard Seeds (Mohri / Rai)
  • 1/2 Nutmeg (Jaayfal)
  • 1 Star Anise (Chakriphool)
  • 1 Mace (Javitri)


  1. To make Garam Masala, heat a kadhai and dry roast each ingredient separately on low heat stirring constantly.
  2. As soon as the ingredients feel hot to the touch, transfer them to a plate to cool down.
  3. Do not let any ingredient burn, as that will result in a spoilt masala.
  4. When all the ingredients are completely cooled, grind them to a fine powder.
  5. Store in an airtight container and use as required.

Note :

For this masala, the ingredients can be sun dried too, but in today’s polluted atmosphere and lack of space this is quite difficult! The roasting process is a better option and the Masala lasts for many months!

Author: tastyrecipesfrompooja

An artist by nature, I love painting, travelling to different places and photographing nature, gardening, crochet, reading, etc. It's my nature to give my best to anything and everything I do. From a person who could cook very few dishes..... I have converted myself to a person who now can cook varied dishes! I like perfection in all my work. Reading a lot of recipes, watching different famous chefs' cooking shows on television and observing their methods, techniques and tips very closely and studiously what has made me a very good cook today. Though there are numerous recipes I haven't tried my hand at..... there are many other in which I have gained exerpertise only by trial and error! I still watch all interesting cookery shows on TV to gain more knowledge on cooking techniques of other cultures from here and abroad!! Nowadays, I have started adding healthy twists to my dishes as and when I can without compromising on their original taste. Started this blog to share a few recipes of mine with all other cooking enthusiasts! Happy cooking to all! 😃

4 thoughts on “GARAM MASALA (Traditional Powdered Spice Mix)”

  1. Homemade masalas are always so aromatic and add so much flavor to the dishes.. it’s been a long time that I made my homemade spice mix.. will use your recipe..Lovely share..

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