Homemade Garam Masala Powder Recipe

Spices are the most important ingredient in the Indian cuisine. One of those spices you will come across most often in Indian recipes is Garam Masala. Garam masala is the spice jewel of Indian cuisine :).

There are so many variations in this recipe, every one, every family has their own take on a garam masala recipe. These days ready-made spices are available in all the grocery stores, but frankly the commercially prepared doesn’t even come close to the aromatic freshly ground home-made garam masala powder. So let’s get started with the recipe.

Garam masala powder

Cuisine: Indian

Recipe Type: Spices

Author: Rateka

Prep Time: 5-10 Mins

Cook Time: 2-3 mins

Serves: 1 cup of masala powder


  • Cumin seeds: 1/4 cup
  • Whole black peppercorn: 2 tbsp (reduce for less heat)
  • Whole cloves: 2 tbsp
  • Green cardamom: 2 tbsp
  • Black cardamom: 4
  • Whole mace: 6-7
  • Cinnamon stick: 6-7
  • Bay leaves: 6-7
  • Star anise: 4-5
  • Fennel seeds: 4 tbsp
  • White sesame seeds: 1 tbsp
  • 1 small piece of dry ginger/3-4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 small crushed nutmeg


  • Take a deep bottom pan/kadhai, heat on a medium-high flame.
  • Once hot, add all the dry spices and saute for a min or until fragrant. Keep stirring and be careful not to burn spices.
  • Remove spices in a bowl and let it cool.
  • Add all the roasted spices into a blender and grind to a coarse powder.
  • Transfer garam masala powder into an air tight bottle/container, as it helps to retain aroma of the powder.
  • Sprinkle a little of this garam masala powder while cooking at the end of the dish and enjoy!!


  • All the ingredients used in this recipe has their own aroma, taste and spice level. You can adjust the ratios as per your liking and taste :).


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