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Easy Garam Masala (Indian Spice Blend) Recipe

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I have a pretty well-stocked spice pantry but when I wanted to make Mel’s Bean Curry (which is pictured above and crazy super-fabulous, by the way), I realized I have no garam masala on hand.  I looked up some recipes for the spice blend and most of them included toasted & grinding whole seeds, which didn’t appeal to me.  And I didn’t have whole seeds, anyway.  So I went with a recipe that used ground spices and happened to have every one of them on hand.  The homemade garam masala was perfect–just how I remembered it tasting last time I used some from a bottle. 

Easy Garam Masala
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1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1 1/2 teaspoons ground pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Mix spices in a small bowl. Place mix in an airtight container, and store in a cool, dry place.

Recipe source: Allrecipes.com

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I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

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  4. How resourceful of you. I’ll definitely be making my own next time I run out!

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  5. I love Indian spices. Great idea using what you had on hand!

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  6. Guess who has two thumbs, lives in the same town as you, and keeps whole spices on hand. That’s right, this guy :-)

    Seriously though, glad to hear you two are liking the Indian food so much.

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    • Dude, if I’m too lazy to take five minutes to go to the store to buy a bottle of garam masala, you know I’m too lazy to drive 15 minutes to beg some whole spices off of you! But actually, I did somehow forget about all those whole spices lining your cupboards and you grinding them up in your coffee grinder. I will keep that in mind he he he. :) Yes, we’s be loving the Indian food long time.

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  7. Erin from Long Island

    Yay for Indian food! I used to avoid using the whole spices….until I decided to try it. Never looked back since!

    If you can’t bare the thought of it (its not as much work as you think) roast the ground spices in a big, dry skillet til they are fragrant, let them cool, then store them. You will be suprised!

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    • I’m sure I’ll be getting into the whole spices eventually. My brother in law is a fabulous chef and does toast and grind his own spices for everything. I could learn a thing or two from him.

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  8. MmmMmm! We love Indian food too! Actually, we recently got a lecture (from my in-laws of course) about feeding E some mild. But she loved that curry!

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