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Kerala Garam Masala


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Kerala Garam Masala

Garam Masala is Widely available in most stores that supply Indian spices. However, for those of us that are proud of our Delicious Malabar Cuisine, Store bought Garam Masala is a strict No-No! This blend does not include, cumin , coriander, mace or black cardamom. 

They may be great for making your Tikkas and Other Delicious Northern Styled Curries. But for the touch of ‘Malabar’ in your Curries and Rice dishes, try my home made Garam Masala, taught to me by my Mother in law.

Kerala Garam Masala

Cuisine: Indian
Author: Recipes ‘R’ Simple
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Yield : 1 Jar


You will need the following WHOLE spices – use same Tbsp measure for all spices.

  • 13 Tbsp Fennel Seeds / Saunf / Perumjeerakam
  • 2 Tbsp Star Anise / Chakra Phool / Thakkolam
  • 2 Tbsp Cloves / Laung / Grambu
  • 2 Tbsp Cinnamon sticks / Dalcini / Karugapatta
  • 1 Tbsp Black Pepper Corns / Kali Mirch / Kurumulaku
  • 1 Tbsp green Cardamom pods Elaichi / Elakka
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  • Add all the whole spices to a dry wok and on medium heat roast these spices, stirring continuously for 5 minutes.
  • Time it. You will get an evenly golden spice mixture that is really aromatic.
  • Add the roasted spices to a metal grinder and grind to a fine powder. Allow to cool completely and store in airtight containers. This keeps well for months! I use this in Beef curry and Biriyani and Roasted Chicken as well to name a few.

Kerala Garam Masala

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The video for this recipe is now available in the Malayalam language. Click for the Video in Malayalam.


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  1. Avatar Jaya Unnikrishnan 3 years ago

    Hi Shana, first of all Thank You for this garam masala recipe. My mother also made garam masala like this, but when she passed away i lost so many things. i searched so many blogs for this kind of recipe and at last i got it here. Oh the smell of the spices…….yes this the same kind of garam masala which my mother used to make.
    Thank You so much Shana for sharing this recipe.
    God Bless You.

    • Hi Jaya,
      Thank you. I am touched by your comment. I understand & I’m happy if this is what you were looking for. This Garam Masala is great for making my Chicken Curry or Beef Curry as well as many more. Store brought Garam Masala or other styles just do not give it our Nadan Touch. This recipe is actually taught to me by my mother too. 🙂

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  3. Avatar Yasmin Fernandes 1 year ago

    I was looking for a recipe closest to my moms recipe.This one is authentic.Thank you.

  4. Avatar jenny 1 year ago

    I tried this … and made your delicious chicken curry (Nadan)… WOW hats off to you. this garam masala is the magical ingredient , I think to my delishes dishes. I loved the chicken curry. Next going to try your other recipes. THANKS!

  5. Avatar K.Othman 6 months ago

    At last I found it for my wife. She and I (from Malaysia) thank you for sharing this recipe.

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