Garam masala is an important spice of Indian cuisine that is used in a number of dishes to increase the flavour and aroma of food. Traditionally there used to be 32 spices in garam masala. It is known to have therapeutic properties and is a mix of spices like peppers, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, fennel seeds, bay leaf, nutmeg and star anise. Home-made garam masala is preferred more than store-bought garam masala. Here is the simple and easy recipe to make garam masala at home.

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2. ​Ingredients

​Ingredients

Peppercorns- 2 tablespoons

Green cardamom- 2 tablespoons

Star anise- 3 to 4

Black cardamom-2 tbsp

Bay leaves- 2

Coriander seeds- 1/4 cup

Cloves- 2 tablespoons

Fennel seeds- 1 tablespoon

Cinnamon stick- 1 inch

Nutmeg- 1/2

Cumin seeds- 2 tbsp

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3. Method

Method

Step 1: Dry roast the spices on medium-low heat for 2 minutes until you get an aroma. Keep aside to cool.

Step 2: Once cooled, grind all the toasted spices in a blender until it is a coarse-fine powder.

Step 3: Garam masala is ready for use and store in an airtight container.

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4. ​Improves digestion​

​Improves digestion​

Adding garam masala to your food increases your body temperature which consequently boosts your metabolism as well. Furthermore, it prevents the build-up of toxins and boosts digestion. The cumin in the garam masala treats indigestion and cloves keep acidity at bay.

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5. Lowers cholesterol

Lowers cholesterol

Ingredients used in making garam masala like cloves, pepper, cardamom and cinnamon are known to lower bad cholesterol levels.

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