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Home-made Garam Masala:


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  • 3 large cinnamon sticks
  • or
  • 3 T cinnamon bark bits from an Indian grocery store)
  • 3 T whole cloves
  • 1/4 C green cardamom pods, shelled, husks discarded (about 2 tablespoons of seeds)
  • 4 large black cardamom pods, shelled, husks discarded (about 1 tablespoon of seeds), optional


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Step 1

Combine the cinnamon sticks, cloves, green cardamom seeds, black cardamom seeds, if using, in a spice grinder or coffee grinder and grind until fine.
Store the spice mix in an airtight container away from direct sunlight. Yield: about 1/2 cup.


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