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Mikeís Hot Spicy Food Recipes

Gram Masala

  Gram Masala is a spice you will find in any Indian home. But like American recipes for chili (the stuff made of meat and beans, not the hot spicy chilli powder) every Indian familys recipe is slightly different and they claim it is better then any other gram masala in the world.

I donít make my gram masala. I got to the Indian grocery store and buy a one pound bottle for $5.

But there are many recipes on the internet for making gram masala. Here are a few of them.

  • 4-5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 7 peppercorns
  • 1 bayleaf
  • 4 cloves
  • Ghee

Roast each of the above till they turn aromatic. Powder to a fine powder using a coffee grinder and use as required. This will keep well for months in a airtight container. You can make a larger quantity of this by using the above ingredients in the same ratio.

  • 3 tbsp. cumin seeds
  • 4 tbsp. coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp. whole black pepper
  • 4 black cardamoms
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • 3 inch stick cinnamon

1. Crush the black cardamom thoroughly before adding them to the other spices as they are very hard and may ruin the blades of the grinder.

2. Put all the spices in small electric mill and grind them to a fine powder. Store in an airtight container.

Note: The recipe of gram masala is intended as a guide and the quantity of any spice can be decreased or increased, according to taste.


Friends donít let friends buy spices at American grocery stores!

Mikeís Hot Spicy Food Recipes