Preparation info
  • Makes

    3 Tablespoons

    • Difficulty


Appears in
The Food of India: A Journey for Food Lovers

By Priya Wickramasinghe

Published 2005

  • About

Garam masala means ‘warming spice mix’. It can be a mixture of whole or ground spices. Recipes are numerous but they are all aromatic, rather than ‘hot’ mixes.


  • 8 cardamom pods
  • 2 Indian bay leaves (cassia leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns


Remove the seeds from the cardamom pods. Break the bay leaves into small pieces. Put them in a spice grinder or pestle and mortar with the remaining spices and grind to a fine powder. Store in a small airtight container until needed.