Running low on garam masala? Make your own at home using whole spices and Madhur Jaffrey's recipe.
For the garam masala
- 1 tbsp cardamom seeds (if you can't buy the seeds then buy cardamom pods and shell them yourself)
- 1 tsp black peppercorns
- 1 tsp black cumin seeds (you can use regular cumin seeds if black aren't available)
- 1 tsp whole cloves
- 1/3 of a whole nutmeg (you can break a whole nutmeg by placing it on a cloth and bashing it with a meat mallet or rolling pin)
- a medium stick of cinnamon, about 5-8cm/2-3 inches, broken up into 3-4 pieces