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Preparation time: a few minutes Difficulty: easy Garam masala is a popular Indian spice blend that doesn't have a universal recipe because every part of India makes it in its own way. You can find it in most stores, or you can make your own at home. Ingredients:

  • 3 tbs coriander

  • 2 tsp caraway

  • 2 tsp black pepper

  • 1/2 tsp cloves

  • 1/2 tsp cardamom

  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 bay leaf

  • a pinch of cayenne pepper or chili (optional)

If all the ingredients are already ground, you only need to mix them and store them in a jar. And if you are using whole seeds, first, grind them in a coffee grinder, with mortar and pestle, or in a blender to make powder and store them in a jar. Make sure you remove the stem of a bay leaf before grinding. There is no universal version of the spice, so you can always skip an ingredient or replace it with a different spice such as fennel, anise or cumin. If you love your food extra spicy, add more chili or cayenne pepper to the spice blend.

Use your imagination and tailor the recipe to your taste. Enjoy creativity and Bon Appetit.


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