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Simple Steps to Make Garam Masala (Hot Spice Extract) at Home

Updated on June 16, 2011

Garam masala is the real taste of India. Garam is the hindi word of hot and masala is the hindi word of spice, so it is a blend of freshly grated Indian hot spices and is also known as hot spices extract. Though it is really easy to buy garam masala from an online store or from an exquisite spice store but I would highly recommended you to buy all the spices separately and grind and grate them and then blend them together to make this at home. I guarantee that your garam masala will not only give a really distinct flavor to your recipe but it will also increase the appetite of the person in front of whom you are going to serve your recipe, just because of its smell and flavor. The original mix of garam masala is made with cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, and black pepper. You can also make a ginger, sesame, cumin, mustard, and coriander paste combined with garam masala to be added at the time of cooking if you enjoy cooking, serving, and eating some unique and different recipes.

Garam masala hot spice extract pic
Garam masala hot spice extract pic
Garam masala toasted pic
Garam masala toasted pic
Garam masala grated and grinded pic
Garam masala grated and grinded pic
Delicious chicken jalfrezi recipe cooking using garam masala.
Delicious chicken jalfrezi recipe cooking using garam masala.
Spicy minced keema meat curry prepared using garam masala.
Spicy minced keema meat curry prepared using garam masala.

Make your own garam masala here

Step 1: Place a frying pan on stove and turn the burner to medium heat.

Step 2: Add cloves, peppercorns, cardamom seeds, coriander seeds, cinnamon sticks, and cumin seeds to the frying pan.

Step 3: Now cook all these spices over medium heat until they release an aroma and become toasted but always make sure to stir this spice mix with a spoon on a frequent basis to prevent it from burning.

Step 4: Now remove the frying pan from stove and allow the spices to cool down.

Step 5: Now take a spice mill or a coffee grinder and grind these spices so that they become a fine powder. Remember to do this in small sessions so that the mill or grinder does not become overcrowded.

Step 6: Your garam masala (hot spice extract) is ready. You can put this into an airtight container to store for at least six months.

The most important thing to keep in mind when incorporating the spices in your recipe is the right time because in the case of garam masala, it is always best to add it to the end of cooking in order to enjoy its extreme flavor and fragrance.

Recipes that can be made using garam masala (hot spice extract) are:

  • Moroccan Fig Pork Roast
  • Mid-Eastern Chicken Thighs
  • Evin's Indian Apricot Chicken
  • Curry Sauce
  • Chicken Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken)
  • Crispy Vegetable Pakoras
  • Indian Vegetable Rice
  • Indian Stir-Fried Shrimp in Cream Sauce (Bhagari Jhinga)
  • Chicken Jalfarezi
  • Basic Indian Curry with Paneer
  • Beef and Spinach Curry
  • Bunjal Chicken
  • Butter Chickpea Curry
  • Chicken Korma
  • Cholay (Curried Chickpeas)
  • Keema (Indian-Style Ground Meat)
  • Lamb Cobbler
  • Maharaja Curry
  • Masala Beef with Ginger and Curry Leaf
  • And many more

So this ultimate blend of spices can be added to any recipe for flavor. There are actually no limits meats, fish, rice, etc. The magic of garam masala is that it is very versatile and allows you to strengthen too many flavors. So if you are a lover of hot species and want to have the feel of their real paradise, garam masala is recommended for you. Least but not last, garam masala has an appealing taste with endless combinations. Each country and region uses this blend of spices in their own way to add flavor to their food, so now it’s time of make your own hot spices extract at home.

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    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's my pleasure spice racks. I will write more.

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      Spice racks 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the spice tips! great hub!

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much liswilliams and Granny's House for your comments and bookmarks. Best of luck for the contest.

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      Granny's House 

      8 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      soni, as always a great hub. I will bookmark and be back. Thanks

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      liswilliams 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      one of my favourite spices. Definitely going to make it with my next curry. Thanks Soni!

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much Ethel.

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      What great tips

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Best of luck for making your garam masala. Try it and your recipe will rock and also you. I am already smelling the aroma of barbecued chicken, chicken tandoori in Hindi, near my office. Also go through my chicken tandoori recipe, here is the link: https://hubpages.com/food/How-to-Make-Tandori-Chic...

      best of luck.

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      Sherri 

      8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Your timing is perfect, Soni. A friend just gave me an interesting recipe for barbecued chicken flavored with garam masala. All I need to do is make a quick trip to the market to pick up some cardamom seeds. I have everything else at hand. Thanks!

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for the regular visit to my hubs friend.

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      psychicdog.net 

      8 years ago

      Thanks Soni enjoyed reading all these Indian cooking tips

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