Warm Spices (Garam Masala)
Garam masala adds a pungent, deep, spicy flavor when cooked into dishes.
It is also sprinkled on curries as a garnish, resulting in a strong, rich
You can purchase prepared
garam masala from an Indian store, but the flavor can vary. I prefer to
mix my own so I can achieve the freshest flavor. The ingredients for garam
masala are readily available in both powdered and whole form.
2 oz (55 g) cinnamon
2 oz (55 g) cardamom, removed from pod
2 oz (55 g) cloves
2 oz (55 g) black pepper
2 oz (55 g) aniseed flower
If possible, start with whole spices and reduce the ingredients to a fine
powder in a clean coffee grinder. Combine the powders and store in a tightly
sealed jar in a cool, dark place. If stored properly, this mixture will
last a long time.