Masala Podi (South Indian Garam Masala)

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I don’t know if there is actually a difference between masala podi and garam masala. I guess they’re the same thing with different names? Anyway, this is what I use in my kitchen so I thought I’d post my version.

You’ll need:

  • 10g Cinnamon Sticks
  • 10g Cardamom pods
  • 10g Black Cardamom Pods
  • 10g cloves
  • 10g black peppercorns
  • 10g black pepper corns
  • 10g cumin seeds
  • 10g coriander seeds
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 3 dried chillies
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder


Dry roast each ingredient separately over medium heat. Although it sounds easier to combine everything, I would strongly advise against it. Each spice has a different burning point and combining them all will mean you’re bound to burn one spice even before another one is roasted.

Once roasted, allow to cool and grind to a fine powder in a coffee grinder. Store in an air tight container. Enjoy!

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