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
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