Easy Garam Masala Recipe

Garam Masala Recipe – see just how easy it is to make your own Garam Masala spice blend. Garam Masala is found in many Indian dishes and is a wonderful spice to add to many recipes, including those with chicken or fish.

bowl of garam masala spice

(This Garam Masala article was previously posted.  Since Garam Masala is such a wonderful Indian spice to keep on hand to use in various Indian recipes as well as a spice I love to sprinkle over chicken and fish, I decided to update the post and pictures.)

Garam Masala is a spice blend found in many Indian dishes. In English, the name literally means “hot or warm spices”.

It is said that the spices used to make Garam Masala make the body warm. They also have medicinal as well as digestive benefits .

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What Spices Are In Garam Masala?

Although the composition of spices found in Garam Masala differ regionally and there are many different variations, the general combination of spices found are:

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  • cumin
  • coriander
  • cardamom
  • pepper
  • cinnamon
  • cloves
  • nutmeg
  • allspice
mixing spices for garam masala

Where To Buy Garam Masala

I was introduced to Garam Masala a few years ago and I’ve loved it ever since. 

Garam Masala can be purchased at many grocery stores and supermarkets, however it can quite expensive. This is especially true when you only may need a little bit for a recipe.

After reading the ingredients on the label, I realized it would be so easy to make this wonderful spice at home and would only cost a fraction of what it costs at the store.

close up of the spices found in garam masala

The traditional way of making Garam Masala is by toasting the whole seeds and crushing them.

If you don’t have the time to go through the roasting and crushing steps, try this easy recipe using already ground spices.

Single Serving Recipes Using Garam Masala

Butter Chicken

Saag Paneer

garam masala on a measuring spoon

Use Garam Masala to flavor a variety of Indian dishes or to liven up chicken, salmon or shrimp.

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Garam Masala Recipe

bowl of garam masala spice

Easy Garam Masala Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Spice
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: spice
Servings: 1 /4 cup
Calories: 82kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice


  • Mix the spices together and store in airtight container.


Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 8g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 6.3mg
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37 thoughts on “Easy Garam Masala Recipe”

  1. I have such a hard time finding it where I live. I wish I had seen this earlier. About a year ago I was making something that required it and I had a doozy of a time trying to come up with a mix on my own. You rock, totally love this.

    1. Me too, Valerie. Cooking Indian food used to intimidate me but I’m beginning to venture off and try recipes. I’m finding that cooking Indian food isn’t hard and the flavors are just wonderful.

  2. I’ve been working on my older posts and giving them a nip/tuck as well. I love garam masala and love how easy is to make, even with toasting (which I love). Much like you I brought a jar once and my eyes almost popped out of my head when I saw the price.

  3. Joanie,
    I don’t mind using whole spices because I have my daughter to grind them for me–she likes it!–but I can see the day in the future when she’s not going to be around to help me. Thanks for a handy recipe!

  4. Joanie, I had the same experience (buying Garam Masala and being horrified at the price when I looked at the ingredient list.) How did you decided on the exact spices and amounts? I know that there are as many recipes as there are people who make their own Garam Masala – thinking of doing yours the “old fashioned way” i.e. roasting and crushing whole spices, then giving it in small jars as gifts.

    1. Laura, when I first set out to make my own garam masala, I researched the recipe in a few books and online. Most of the recipes called for using whole spices. I wanted to make a quick and easy garam masala using ground spices so I experimented. I looked at the amount of whole spices and tried to estimate what it might be if the spice was ground. Since I’m familiar with the taste of garam masala and since many garam masala recipes are family recipes and differ from family to family, I went with the blend I found most familiar to me. I think a gift of garam masala in a small jar would be a wonderful gift to give.

  5. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    Where were you last month when I paid over $6 dollars for a container of garam masala?! Haha, thankfully I found it much cheaper elsewhere and returned that expensive bottle, but glad to have a homemade recipe now!

  6. I’ve been trying to do the same thing lately (pull older relevant posts and give them a facelift). I definitely think garam masala is something that should be in everybody’s spice cabinet. I love the sound of yours. Plus, such pretty photos! 🙂

  7. Update: I used your Garam Masala recipe last night. It really made the dish!! Two thumbs up from my husband! Thank you for sharing this spice mix recipe. I will make this again and again.

  8. Thank you! I figured as much but just had to ask. I have all the ingredients and didn’t want to run to the store to buy Garam Masala (and it’s expensive as you say). I will be making this today and will use it to make Chicken Tikka Masala. Thanks again!

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