Garam Masala is a blend of ground spices used to add flavor to Indian curries. I made a delicious butter curry recently, and the main ingredient was Garam Masala. Living here in South Korea means limited access to foreign food stores, so I had to make my own version of the spice using what I had on hand in my grocery cupboard. All I can say is the aromas given off from this mixture is heavenly and will make your home smell incredible.
There are many varaiations of this spice, but this is my version using what I had on hand in my grocery cupboard.
1/2 cup whole coriander seeds
1/4 cup whole cumin seeds
2 star anissed
4 bay leaves
8 green cardamom pods
2 sticks of cinnamon
2 dried red chiles (use more if you prefer more of a kick)
1. Dry roast the larger seeds separately to the smaller ingredients to avoid burning.
2. Once cooled combine in grinder until a fine powder is formed.
3. Store in an airtight container (click here to see how to make this gold animal glass jars)
And now you have your very own Garam Masala to add to curries. I will be posting a delicious recipe for Butter Chicken Curry soon.