homemade garam masala recipe
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Mum’s homemade garam masala

homemade garam masala recipe

When I got married, one of the first recipes I asked my mum for was her homemade garam masala. She used to cook with it on a regular basis and I loved her blend. I remember using a shop bought version when I was at university and it was just all wrong. A great garam masala spice blend has a good ratio of spices in varying quantities. It has to be just right – too much of one or too little of another and your food just doesn’t taste quite the same!

homemade garam masala recipe

I’ve been making homemade garam masala ever since I got the recipe – it’s the easiest thing ever. I use this coffee grinder to grind each whole spice and then combine them together. This recipe uses 5 spices that you probably have in your kitchen if you do a lot of Indian/ Pakistani cooking.

You will need:

100 grams cumin seeds (jeera)
50 grams cinnamon sticks (dalchini)
50 grams black pepper (kalee mirch)
30 grams cloves (laung)
20 grams green cardamom (elaichi)


Measure out your spices. Grind each spice in a coffee grinder or your appliance of choice. Combine the ground spices together and run them through the grinder again until you have a fine powder. If necessary, sieve the ground spices through a fine mesh sieve. This helps to ensure you have a good blend free of any little bits. Store the blend in a glass jar and pop a label on with the date you made it. You can also make a note of it somewhere if you can’t label your container. My post on how I store and organise spices will help you see what I mean about labeling your jar with the date.

That’s it! That’s how you make homemade garam masala – super easy and as with most things you make yourself – you know exactly what’s in it! I’d love to know if you try mum’s recipe. Tag me on Instagram if you try this recipe or comment below to let me know what you put in your garam masala spice blend!

homemade garam masala recipe

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  • Reply
    March 9, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    My Mum has taught me to make my own garam masala and I add mace, nutmeg and fennel apart from your recipe. And did you notice that homemade garam masala powder is so pungeant that you need so little in a recipe whereas store bought ones need to be added in heaps. Definitely there is crap in there!

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    March 9, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    As Salam Alikum sister thanks for sharing will have to make this sometime looks yummy

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    Saroosh M
    March 9, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    From the time I hit twenty, my mom has been trying to get me more involved in the kitchen. She loves making most of the stuff at home, so I’m sure she will love this recipe. Jazakillah =)

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    Farah Abdullah
    March 10, 2017 at 12:41 am

    This is a treasure. Thanks for this… I got this noted. I’m not a local for Indian cuisine or much spices, but I do love spiced up foods and my hubby is Tamil. Indeed store bought ones are crappy… you could tell the difference with the smell and even colour.

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    March 11, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Awesome ! I am so gonna make this I have whole garam masala and store bought powder this seems so easy. Will tag you got sure and need to check out ur article on storage of spices.

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    Fozia S
    March 11, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Oh I never knew how simple it actually was to make your own. Will have to have a go at making it.

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    Umm Bilal
    March 12, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Is it actually this easy or did you make it seem easy? So why do we buy from the store? Thank you for sharing sis.

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    March 12, 2017 at 10:12 pm


    Can you tell me whether the cardamom is weighed with or without the pods?


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      March 14, 2017 at 11:09 am

      Waleykum Salaam! Without the pods 🙂

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    March 12, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    ….and also please confirm whether you roast the spices prior to grinding ? I Can’t wait to try this combination.


    • Reply
      March 14, 2017 at 11:08 am

      I don’t roast them prior to grinding, but I imagine that you’d only enhance the flavour if you do!

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    March 13, 2017 at 1:22 am

    Ahh so easy I think I have everything already in the house! Definitely have to try this, in shaa Allah!

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    March 13, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Mommy recipes are the best! My mother did teach me to make garam masala at some point but because I didn’t need to make it at the time I completely forgot. Thanks for sharing this! Such an important recipe for all desi foods.

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