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.
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
Cumin seeds- 2 tbsp
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.
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.
Ingredients used in making garam masala like cloves, pepper, cardamom and cinnamon are known to lower bad cholesterol levels.