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Garam masala
Madhur Jaffrey

by Madhur Jaffrey

Serves - makes about 3 tablespoons

Cooking and preparation
10 minutes preparation, no cooking

Ingredients

For the garam masala
1 tbsp cardamom seeds (if you can't buy the seeds then buy cardamom pods and shell them yourself)
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp black cumin seeds (you can use regular cumin seeds if black aren't available)
1 tsp whole cloves
1/3 of a whole nutmeg (you can break a whole nutmeg by placing it on a cloth and bashing it with a meat mallet or rolling pin)
a medium stick of cinnamon, about 5-8cm/2-3 inches, broken up into 3-4 pieces

Method

1. Put all the ingredients in a clean coffee grinder or other spice grinder and grind as finely as possible.

2. Store in a tightly lidded jar, away from heat and sunlight and use as needed.


Step by Step

Step 1
For the garam masala, put all the garam masala spices in a clean coffee grinder or other spice grinder.

Step 2
Break the nutmeg into pieces by placing it on a cloth and bashing it with a meat mallet.

Step 3
Add the nutmeg to the grinder and grind all the spices as finely as possible. Store in a tightly lidded jar, away from heat and sunlight. Makes about three tablespoons.




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