punjabi garam masala
Punjabi Garam Masala
Written by Jayashree
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Punjabi Garam Masala is a flavoursome condiment from North India. It is a blend of spices which is usually added to curries and other dishes to enhance the taste.

Today, I have a condiment that is used and loved by everyone these days. We often buy these masala blends, but there is nothing like homemade. They are tastier and we know what ingredients go into the making, thus the quality is assured.

What is Masala?

Masala is a generic term used to specify a blend of spices that is used to flavour the dish. It is usually a combination of spices, sometimes a blend of spices and herbs. Onion and garlic too may be used in some masala blend. Different kind of masalas are prepared in India, Curry powder in South India, Kala masala in Maharashtra, Panch phoran in West Bengal while it is Garam masala in North India.

What is Garam Masala? Is it very hot?

Garam masala is pre-dominantly used in North India cooking. But, there are slight variations which you often find, a few ingredients either ruled out or there is a change in quantity. Garam literally translates to hot or warm. Masala is a blend of spices that gives a characteristic taste to the dish. Here, it does not mean to say that it is hot but the blend do gives a warmth to the body. Thus, one should limit its use, it is not ideal to use on a daily basis and especially during the summer months.

What is the use of garam masala powder?

Garam masala is one of the essential condiments in the Indian kitchen. It is usually used in flavouring curries. The dry sabzi are often laced with it, making the dish flavoursome. It is often used to enhance the taste of fillings in samosa and parathas. These days, it is also used in preparing a variety of rice dishes.

How is the garam masala prepared?

Garam masala is often made by sun drying the spices for a couple of days during summer. It is then pounded and stored in bottles. One can also dry roast the spices lightly and powder them.

Let’s get to the recipe of Garam Masala


  • 4 tablespoon coriander seed
  • 4 tablespoon cumin
  • 3 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom seed
  • 1.5 teaspoon clove
  • 2 stick cinnamon
  • 4 bay leaf


  1. Clean the ingredients and put them in a thick pan. Break the bay leaf into small pieces.
  2. Dry roast altogether on a low flame for 5-8 minutes until you get a good aroma and there is a slight change in colour.
  3. Let cool.
  4. Powder them in a mixer and store in a clean, air tight jar.

Take a tip:

  • Mace may be added, but I do not use it.

A few other condiments that I have put earlier are dry powders which can be used with any meals. They are Curry leaf powder, Flax seed chutney powder, Garlic chutney powder

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Punjabi Garam Masala
Punjabi Garam Masala

Punjabi Garam Masala

Punjabi Garam Masala is a flavoursome condiment from North India. It is a blend of spices which is usually added to curries and other dishes to enhance the taste.

Course condiments
Cuisine Indian, north indian, punjabi
Keyword garam masala, punjabi garam masala
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 4 tablespoon coriander seed
  • 4 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom seed
  • 1.5 teaspoon clove
  • 3 tablespoon pepper
  • 2 stick cinnamon
  • 4 bay leaf


  1. Clean all the spices, put them in a thick bottom pan. Break the bay leaves into small bits.

  2. Dry roast them for five to eight minutes on a low flame until you get a good aroma and the colour slightly changes.

  3. Let cool. Grind them to a powder and store in a clean, air-tight jar.

Recipe Notes

Mace may be added, but I have not used it.

I am sending this post to the theme “Condiments that we make at home ” at our very own Healthy Wellthy Cuisines. Every fortnight, we prepare dishes on a particular theme, do check out the recipes of my co-bloggers for this theme: Maharashtrian Goda Masala, Vada Pav Chutney Powder, Achari Masala Powder, Garam Masala and Kadai Masala Mix.


I have shared a few other condiments in my e-book “30 Tasty Dal Recipes” It has the basic recipe of rasam and sambar powder that we make in South India.

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  1. Ruchisvegkitchen

    Homemade spice mixes – masala are the best in term of taste , quality and hygiene … So flavourful and tasty Punjabi Garam Masala. So useful and handy In day to day life. Loved your share.

  2. FoodTrails

    Garam masala is used in everyday curries and gravies.. and nothing can beat the flavors of homemade fresh masala.. loved your version of this flavorful essential kitchen ingredient.

  3. curryandvanilla

    No Indian kitchen is complete without garam masala in their dabba and the Punjabi version is one of the best flavors you can add to any dish!! Super awesome share dear!

  4. firsttimercook

    This garam masala is the essential one for each Indian households. and the best part is this is homemade with more flavorful ingredients

  5. Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    The deep colour of the garam masala is so exciting. Love the way you have described the use of the masala as well.

  6. shobhakeshwani

    Home made masalas are always the best. Sindhi garam masala has pretty much the same ingredients except rose petals.

  7. mayurisjikoni

    Homemade spice mixtures are definitely the best, I usually make them at home. I don’t add bay leaves to my garam masala. Next batch I will definitely add some.


    I love this spice mix. Will definitely try it for the cholay I will have to make once I run out of veggies. Thanks you are a life saver as most of my readymade masalas I am bored of now.

  9. Renu Agrawal Dongre

    Homemade Garam masala has its own charm and I am loving your easy and with a few ingredients recipe. Must try for sure.

  10. Mina Joshi

    Nothing beats homemade ground spices. The punjabi garam masala is something I have never made so thanks for sharing the recipe.

  11. Mireille Roc (@ChefMireille)

    I did a FB/IG LIve today and one of the things I mentioned was about making your own garam masala – I will add your link to the playback on FB for a great gm recipe for my audience

  12. Priya Srinivasan

    a basic masala blend that can be found in all indian kitchen, i have never made punjabi garam masala at home, bookmarking this to try. thanks for sharing ingredients that would make a limited quantity, this way we can preserve the freshness of the masala too!!


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Hello and Welcome to my blog! I am Jayashree from India. An enthusiastic blogger, with a zest for life.  I believe in living life to the fullest.

Cooking has been my passion. I have always loved to try new recipes.  Writing has been a feel good factor and extremely  loving it. With these two passions of mine, my culinary blog was born. Read More…


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