I usually buy a variety of garam masalas (Indian spices) and use them alternatively for a different taste.For instance , I like to use subji masala ,goda masala or kitchen king masala for different dry vegetable curries or maybe tandoori masala for paneer or tofu based gravies. And lately I have started making my own garam masala adding my touch and it really goes well with many dishes. Somehow I love the taste and flavour of home made garam masalas rather than the store bought ones. So here goes my recipe.
Bay leaves- 5 to 6 leaves (tear to small pieces with a pair of scissors)
Cinnamon- 2-3 sticks (Break to small pieces
Cardamom pods- 1tbsp (Green and black)
Star anise- 2-3 numbers(break into smaller sized pieces.)
Whole peppercorns- 1tsp
Fennel seeds- 1tsp
Combine everything together and grind it to a fine powder in a mixer.
In case the ingredients are not freshly bought,and you have been storing it for quite sometime in your kitchen pantry, then toast them lightly in a pan before grinding them.