Homemade Garam Masala - Kerala Style

Cinnamon

Have you noticed , how food or the creation of it is becoming a dear ritual of sorts to recreate the taste and smell of our grandma's and mom's kitchen? 
At least for me , everytime i make something mallu , i am trying to go back in time and capture all those aromas and stir up some memories , that I can hold close to my heart..Yes food is a kin of  time machine for me, a mallu gal living in US.

Kerala Garam masala powder recipe3
Garam Masala ( lightly roasted method)

Kerala Garam masala powder recipe1
Garam Masala (plain)

Its a plain truth that spices and seasonings are what gives Indian food its uniqueness . Among the umpteen number of spice blends  Indian has , from one state to another; one language to another ,most culture within India has this hot blend of Spices " Garam Masala " though the recipe and the mix is different with the addition or exclusion of 2-3 spices. In fact every household has their own unique garam masala recipe. That's what which makes my mom's chicken curry different from yours , yours from your neighbors and so on..

Cloves

Mine is from my mom , which she got from my kuttanadan grandma , which she might have got from her mother.....A flavorful , beautiful mixture of 3 'C's , an S and an N..I tried many combinations and concluded hers the best...I have seen garam masala recipes from kerala with coriander , fennel and other spices like Black pepper ..but we dont add it . just as my grandma says , for some curries its so wrong to have fennel in it , so better  don't mix it with garam masala and for black pepper , it tastes the best when freshly ground and sprinkled when the curry is almost done.

Kerala Garam masala powder recipe 1

Two Recipes for Homemade Kerala style  Garam masala Powder

Total cooking time :- 10 minutes
Yields :- 1 small jar

Ingredients:-
Cardamom - 40 nos( green)
Cloves - 35 nos
Cinnamon Stick - 2 or 3
Star anise - 1 
Nutmeg - 1/2 of a whole one ,or you can use one full, if you like.

Optional items
Fennel seeds - 1/4 cup
Black pepper - 2 table spoon
Mace - 2 or 3

Directions:-

Method 1
Arrange all the spices in a baking sheet and sun dry an hour . Grind it to a fine powder in the small jar of your mixie or coffee grinder. Or you can just grind it without keeping in the sun.( just crush the cinnamon in a mortar and pestle before grinding)

Method 2
Heat a small skillet and add all the spices , and fry for 2- minutes . let it come to room temperature and then grind it to a powder. I normally prefer a bit coarse powder . This works best for all nadan meat fry .

For a mild flavor you can follow the method with just cinnamon , cardamom and cloves . This recipe gives you a small jar (as shown in the picture) of garam masala. Its more flavorful when made fresh , since its a tiresome task to do this in the process of making a curry , i stock this small jar always.

Cardamom+Star anise+Nutmeg
Good day

Sarah

55 comments:

Sayantani said...

gorgeous clicks Sarah!

Padhu said...

Beautiful pictures and nice recipe

Sharmilee! :) said...

Homemade garam masala that sounds so flavourful...beautiful clicks

Priti said...

Garam masala never tooked so beautiful :)....fab

Ms.Chitchat said...

Perfect write-up,loved the clicks too. Even I love to have the perfect blend to give the best taste. When my brother tastes my food, he would say that I recreate my mother's taste, that itself is a big compliment. I have just posted abt the things I love to carry from India, please check :):)

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Looks aromatic and beautiful clicks.

Sadhana Valentina said...

Useful one dear...

Ramya said...

Store bought garam masala can never match the homemade ones. Do you have a recipe for homemade biriyani masala too?

Prathima Rao said...

Gorgeous clicks!!! Yes, diff blend of spices do create unique dishes..We use garam masala powder for sambhar too!!! Ur grandma`s right bout the fennel, tastes & smells best when freshly ground..One could add them separately as recipe requires..Ur family recipe of garam masala is a keeper!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

aipi said...

Fresh homemade garam masala is just wow! I always use my homemade masalas too ~ the aroma/taste is far better than the store bought ones ~ Love the clicks very much, Sarah!
Us Masala

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Sarah I just fell in love with ur gorgeous clicks..aromatic garam masala.A must in each household:)

Shanavi said...

Gorgeous pics and I love the details in ther.Garam masala, can't live without this in a pantry!!!

thekitchenaffaire said...

Thanks a ton for this recipe darl.. Love ya :D I wanted a kerala style garam masala recipe since dunno when! :D Adipoli

Torviewtoronto said...

aromatic delicious garam masala

Rachana said...

I don't know the taste of store bought garam masala 'coz I only know home-made one. Love your photography!

Rinku Naveen said...

Sarah thanks for those lovely comments. Feels so nice to hear it from a super photographer :)
But nothing to beat yours. Superb! Adipoli! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!
Me too a big fan of home made garam masalas. No store bought ones come close to it.

SavithaRaj's Spice Land said...

Yes, I use home made garam masala too..and believe they are very healthy..awesome clicks..

Pushpa said...

Aromatic masala with superb clicks.

Nithya said...

Fantastic :) Homemade is always the best :)

Namitha said...

This is the best adipoli pictures ketto :-)esp the cinnamon sticks

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Sarah...clicks are awesome..a must in my pantry...never tried home made..will do it..

Angie's Recipes said...

I love those shots! So beautiful!

Chitra said...

very usefull post and beautifull pics..

anthony stemke said...

I love this : 3 C's an S and an N.
Fabulous. Thank You.

Shama Nagarajan said...

thank you for sharing dear...nice clicks

jeyashrisuresh said...

perfect blend of spices, beautiful clicks

Rekha shoban said...

lovely clicks...nice aromatic masala~!

priya said...

awesome post, dear..thx for sharing

Zareena said...

WWWWWWWWOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!! I loved the first pic a lot. Mind blowing clicks. I too make garam masala at home (mom's version). They taste best than the store bought one.

Nisha said...

Beautiful clicks and great post. I'm bookmarking this one

Kaveri said...

Awesome clicks...like your version of the aromatic spice mix

Binitha said...

love your pics sweety!

Sushma Mallya said...

Lovely clicks, freshly made garam masala gives out such a lovely aroma:)

Suman Singh said...

nothing beats the freshness of homemade..nice and perfect recipe..loved those clicks..super amazing!

VS said...

Stunning clicks sarah

Sobha Shyam said...

i can get the flavour here :)..wonderful clciks dear..

Nithu said...

Lovely pictures. wonderfully shot.

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

what a snap darling..you became an excellent photographer :)

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

what a snap darling..you became an excellent photographer :)

Lakshmi Navneeth said...

Gorgeous click! Love the detail.

Plateful said...

Ahh, I've never seen such beautiful captures of cinnamon and cloves. Truly gorgeous!!

Btw, I make garam masala the second way. Next time I'll sure try sun drying--after all what better time than the peak of summer?!!

Vandana Rajesh said...

Nice garam masala recipe Sarah..was actually looking for a good homemade recipe.Thks for sharing this.

Malli said...

I love all your Kerala recipes.... this one is absolutely fragrant and well executed. Sometimes I make my own masala too and will have to try your combo next time:)

Shri said...

Loved each and every picture, Sarah!

Binitha said...

I am a regular follower and tried this masala podi last day for chicken curry. nice smell and strong flavors. Thanks. I like your clicks so much

Spices said...

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MR said...

I tried this masala of urs and needless to say it is a keeper thanks !

Anonymous said...

For the garam masala, can you use cardamoms as is with pods and all or do you have to take the seeds out from the pod before grinding??? Thanks Sarah. Your site has been very useful for me.

Sarah Naveen said...

Anon..I always use whole green cardamom ..I have never tried only with seeds..But i have heard people does that with black cardamom..Hope this helps and thanks.:-)..

Anonymous said...

Ur post is so tempting...that my inner soul is dragging me to make it..I ve a question...while cooking are these both garam masalas used in the same way?I mean do we have to roast the sun dried one before cooking???..Pls clarify that in ur note too so the amateur cooks like me won't be confused.

Thanks

Sarah Naveen said...

Anon , thanks :-)..
Yes both are used in the same way ..and you do not have to roast it before cooking , unless the recipe calls for it ..both methods give different flavors..some people prefer the roasted one and others the plain one...
I always prefer the roasted one for chicken curry though ;-)...

Jenny said...

Sarah, Cardamom just the seeds or pods?

Sarah Naveen said...

Jenny i use whole cardamoms

Recipe World said...

Thanks for sharing this. I usually brought masala from stores, will try it in home soon & your clicks r really awesome, i loved it... :)

Pratiba Bhat said...

More than the recipes it is your photos that invite me! :) I'm reminded of 101cookbooks when I see your style of photography. You have magic in your hands. Just wow! :)

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