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Punjabi Garam Masala [Vegan]

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Are you looking for a fragrant yet milder version of Garam Masala to use in your Indian recipes? I find that store bought Garam Masala is quite spicy and bitter, and not as fragrant. Garam Masala is a blend of ground spices common in North Indian and is used alone or with other seasonings. The word garam ("hot" in Hindi) refers to intensity of the spices!

So I decided to make this recipe instead. Garam Masala can contain a mix of spices and be made differently depending on what region you are from in India. Garam Masala can contain the following spices: black pepper, cumin, coriander, black cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, bay leaf, caraway, cinnamon and/or mace.

This recipe is fairly simple and only contains a few ingredients.

Punjabi Garam Masala [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan


  • 2 tsp black cardamom pods
  • 4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 8 tsp whole cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 4 3″ cinnamon sticks (cassia variety)


  1. Combine ingredients in a coffee grinder.
  2. Pulse until spices are ground and uniform in size.
  3. Store in an air tight container.


Garam Masala is used in the last 5 minutes of cooking, or sprinkled on dishes after they are cooked so the flavors stay intact.




Veronica Grace is a self-taught “chef” and food enthusiast who focuses on promoting a low fat vegan approach to a whole foods diet and lifestyle. She teaches and encourages people to eat fresh plant-based foods as much as possible and stays up to date on current research in the natural health and plant based diet world. So follow along on her inventive food journey and enjoy a simple, tasty healthy lifestyle. Find her at LowFatVeganChef.



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