Punjabi-style garam masala

Yield: 1 batch

Measure Ingredient
2½ tablespoon Green cardamom pods
4 tablespoons Cumin seeds
5 tablespoons Coriander seeds
¼ teaspoon Ajowan seeds
3 Blades of mace; OR... Ground mace
2 tablespoons Black peppercorns
1½ tablespoon Whole cloves
2 Cinnamon sticks, 3" long
1 Bay leaf
¼ teaspoon Ground ginger
1 tablespoon Ground nutmeg

A little of this warm, spicy blend goes a long way. Coming from North India, where meat is eaten more frequently than in the South, it is the kind of masala that's popular as an accompaniment for almost any meat dish, as a condiment or in the sauce.

Grind toasted ingredients with mace, peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, and bay leaf, and mix well with the other ground ingredients.

* Source: Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking * (by Yamuna Devi) * Published in: The Herb Companion - February/March 1993 * Typed for you by Karen Mintzias

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