No more store bought Garam Masala for me! I tried several recipes and gravitated towards what I think is a more Kashmiri style masala. My starting point was a Garam Masala recipe posted here: http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2011/10/garam-masala-recipe-2.html that I believe is by Sommer Collier. Then trying out ideas from other recipes and ingredients I had available, I ended up with this... —Dan
maybe 4 oz ?
Green Cardamom pods (approximate weight, sizes vary)
Fennel Seeds (or Anise Seeds)
1 1/2 tablespoons
Dried Kashmiri Chile pod, deseeded
Dried orange peel
Allspice powder (or Nutmeg)
Dried Curry Leaves (or 1 bay leaf)
Smoked Paprika (up to 1 Tbl to taste at the end)
In a dry non-stick pan on the stove-top, roast the following ingredients one at a time on low to medium heat: cardamom (until pod is light brown, then shell and just keep the seeds), cumin, fennel, peppercorn, fenugreek, cloves, and cinnamon sticks broken into chunks with your fingers. I roast each ingredient on its own because they tend to cook at different rates and this keeps me from burning anything. If your a better cook, you might be able to toss them all in at the same time. Roast until colors and/or aromas change. Err on the side of caution and remove before burning.
Grind everything together in a coffee or spice grinder. You might have to do a couple of runs if you have a small grinder. After grinding, mix the powders together well and regrind any coarser material for good measure. When done, I usually add a bit more smoked paprika to taste. This seems to help counteract any bitterness that might creep in from one ingredient or another.