Simple Garam Masala


Simple Garam Masala-

I LOVE Indian food. I love going out to eat it, cooking it, and eating more of it! I’m a sucker for buffets. I am able to try a bit of everything and get inspiration for recreating them myself and make it with much healthier oils.

Garam masala is a fragrant blend of spices commonly used in Indian cooking. Garam masala translates literally as “warm spice mix”. Garam means “heat” but not the type of heat that you would expect from a chile pepper but the warmth you feel as you eat a dish with the spices in them.

Every cook has a slightly different variation. The basis is generally cardamom, clove, cinnamon, and black pepper. I based my simple garam masala of a recipe in my favourite Indian cookbook “Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul“.

Garam Masala may be most common is India but it I also had it on  chicken shwarma when I was in Bethlehem a few years ago. I love how versatile it can be- in a pinch I have even been known to use it with black tea to make a quick cup of chai!

If you buy garam masala from the store there are often fillers added to cut costs. Be sure to read the ingredients to be sure it is an unadulterated blend.

I bought most of my spices at Mountian Rose Herbs, but my Ceylon cinnamon came from the local Mexican market. You can also find it on Amazon. I chose to start with ground herbs, you can buy them pre-ground or grind them yourself in a spice grinder, but I just use a coffee grinder. If you really want to get a work out you can grind them by hand in a mortar and pestle.

Simple Garam Masala-

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Simple Garam Masala
  • 3 TBS ground cardamon
  • 2 TBS ground Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1 TBS ground cloves
  • ½ TBS ground pepper
  1. Mix all the spices together and save in a glass container.

Simple Garam Masala

3 TBS ground cardamon
2 TBS ground Ceylon cinnamon
1 TBS ground cloves
1/2 TBS ground pepper

1. Mix all the spices together and save in a glass container.

 What is your favourite Indian dish?

About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


  1. Mmm…I love the smell of Garam Masala! I like sprinkling it on my butternut squash soup, which will be back in rotation in a few months when it’s not so hot. This homemade version sounds so easy! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. I adore indian food. Had the best I have ever tasted in London in May! I think about it every day….guess I need to make this so I can relive the memories:)

  3. Ohh I didn’t realize that this was that simple! Sounds so delicious too!

  4. We lived in southern India for a year. They put very hot chili powder in all their masalas there….consequently a few of my family members had a hard time finding things to eat that year 😉 I love your recipe, though. It sounds really delicious. My favorite Indian food is probably palak paneer and paratha.

    • Katie Mae Stanley says:

      I wouldn’t mind putting a bit of hot chili powder in it. 😉 Oh the other tasty foods you must have eaten while living there!!

  5. This is such a great idea! I’ve never thought to make this myself. You made it look so easy! Can’t wait to try t. I bet it smells amazing!

  6. I love this! Such yummy flavors. So cool to have a DIY version.

    • Katie Mae Stanley says:

      It’s one of the few spice blends I make to keep on hand. I’m warming up to making others. 😉

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