Garam Masala

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Garam Masala (Indian Spice Blend) from the Seattle & King County Office of Public Health—source of original recipe, in the public domain

  • Cook Time: 15 minutes



  1. Place cumin, coriander, peppercorns, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook until spices start to smoke and become aromatic. Constantly shake skillet for about 5 minutes then stir in nutmeg.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  4. Place toasted spices in a spice or cleaned out coffee grinder and grind until finely ground.
  5. Store in an airtight container.


  • Use as a spice rub over your favorite meats such as chicken, pork, beef or seafood.