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Garam Masala

Yield 1/2 cup


  • 3 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom seeds
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks, crushed
  • 3 bay leaves, crumbled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground mace

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a small skillet. Cook over medium-high heat 3 minutes or until seeds are lightly browned, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; let cool completely.

  2. Place mixture in container of an electric blender or food processor; cover and process until ground. Stir in mace. Store in an airtight container. Stir well before each use. Use in Indian dishes, pilafs, and meat dishes.

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