Garam Masala powder@home

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This garam masala powder has been a request recipe for a while and was clearly over due and here it comes. This ingredients for this recipe of garam masala powder come from a 100 years old shop ( “”The indian drugs and pharmaceautical” managed  by Jogappa shanbhag & sons, Udupi ). Fresh and aromatic, the recipe is simpler than you can imagine. Its all about getting the right proportion of ingredients. I normally buy all these masala items from the same  shop here and just dry it in the sun and powder it in the mixer, push it in the refrigerator and use it as and when needed. Note that powder doesn’t contain chili powder.

What you need to have:

1. Poppy seeds – 40 grams

2. Fennel seeds – 20 grams

3. Pepper – 20 grams

4. Cinnamon (indian) – 20 grams

5. Cardamom – 10 grams

6. Cloves – 10 grams

7. Nutmeg – 10 grams

8. Star masala – 10 grams

9. Big Cardamom – 10 grams

10. Bay leaf – 4-5

11. Shaha jeera – 10 grams

12. Jai patha – 10 grams

13. Marata Moggu (Kopak bud)- 10 grams (A masala bud)

Ingredients of Garam-masala powder

1. Peal all the cardamom, break Nutmeg and cinnamon  into pieces  and dry all the ingredients in strong sun for about 1/2 an hour. Powder it in the mixer and store it in the refregerator and will remain afresh for more than 2-3 months. Aromatic and wonderful powder much better than any branded one I suppose!!!!

Ready to use Garam-masala powder


8 thoughts on “Garam Masala powder@home

    jaya Wagle said:
    July 15, 2010 at 8:52 am

    That is a unique garam masala recipe. I have never made it at home but the one my mom makes doesn’t use poppy seeds. I think I will send her your recipe to try out too. 🙂

    Sushma Mallya said:
    July 15, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Very nice recipe for home made garam masala, nothing better than a freshly made one…

    Neville said:
    July 16, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Thanks for the garam masala recipe which I observe is not the common run of the mill type. However I am a bit confused. What are Masala patha, Jai patha and Marata mogu. Are these spices available in the U. S. or Canada if yes what is the English name and what are the substitutes .if they are not available.

    Thanks and regards

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm

      Hi Neville,

      Masala patha is that dry leaf that is used in pulav, Jai patha is the nutmeg flower , and marata moggu may not be available there. It is a type of Masala bud (Moggu)

    Laavanya Ballal. said:
    July 17, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Dear people, and Pratibhaji, please ,correct me if I am wrong, but, as far as I know, the English equivalency of Masala patta is, tej patta [or tamala patra] /Bay leaf.

    The Hindi/ English and botanical equivalency of Marathi moggu , is, Nag-kesar / Cobra’s Saffron, respectively [ and I am not so sure though, if the same is also called as Cassia buds]. Marathi moggu looks like the bigger version of cloves or small dried rose buds, obtained from the tree Mesua ferrea [Nag champa or Ceylon Ironwood] .

    There is one more rare Indian spice , Dagad-phool [mainly used in maharashtrian Goda/kala masala preparation, and looks patchy black and white crumbled paper in appearance, actually is the thin dried flower [s] from lichens that grow on trees ‘ Permalia parlata’ ], is called as ‘kallu paachi /kal paachi’ in kannada, and, Lichen/black stone flower, in English, ..chabili in hindi .

    Star anise is Badal phool.

    Have a good day, bye now,

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 18, 2010 at 11:02 am

      Hi Lananya Ballal,

      Thanx a lot for your clarification . I thought i would do it on consulting some of my friends. You have done my job easier. Thanx a lot Lavanya.

    Laavanya Ballal. said:
    July 18, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I am humbled by your gratitudes, dear pratibha ji. Being time constrained, I had to keep my points short. Meanwhile, I am glad that you are happy with my work.
    You be well, bye now,

      prathibalrao responded:
      July 18, 2010 at 6:30 pm

      Hi Lavanya,

      Thanx a lot for your quick response. Take care and bye for now.

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