Punjabi Garam Masala

Garam Masala is a complex spice mix made by roasting and grinding different Indian spices. Homemade Garam Masala varies in every house in every state of India. Its usually added towards the end of cooking process to round up all the flavors. Its easily available in Indian grocery stores but i prefer to freshly grind my own and it does make a huge difference to the flavor. This garam masala recipe is from here and goes very well with Punjabi or North Indian preparations.

1/2 cup coriander
1/4 cumin seeds
25-30 green cardamoms
6-7 bay leaves
10-12 black cardamoms
15-20 cloves
6-8 mace blades
5-6 2 inch pieces of cinnamon
2 star anise
1 tbsp. fennel seeds
1 tsp. black peppercorns

Dry roast all ingredients on a low heat till just fragrant.
Cool and grind to fine powder. You can put it through a sieve to avoid the fibers and just get the fine powder. But I prefer mine with the fibers.
Store in air tight jar and use as required.


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