Recipe and how to use Garam Masala

Garam Masala translates “warm spice mix,” this bronze-colored combination includes cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, and mace. Use to build flavor in hot dishes and enhance dressings and marinades, or dust over curried dishes.

Monica Bhide’s Garam Masala from the Seattle Times is a good resource for learning more about a quintessential Indian spice.



Makes ½ cup

2 tablespoons cumin seeds

2 tablespoons coriander seeds

2 tablespoons cardamom seeds

2 tablespoons black peppercorns

3-inch stick cinnamon, broken up

1 teaspoon whole cloves

1 teaspoon grated nutmeg

½ teaspoon ground saffron (optional)