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28
Aug
2014

Home made garam masala

How to make garam masala

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Ready powdered spices reign supreme in my kitchen. But for that extra special moment, a cheap coffee grinder doubles up as the spice grinder of my dreams.

Cheap equals value here, as grinder blades eventually dull. The best of the best are the ones with removeable bowls, for easy clean up. I confess now that I hate pestle and mortars: hard work and not worth the rough specks of spices that fly everywhere.

Garam masala is one of the most special spice mixes to make at home. Blindingly fragrant made fresh, it lifts the simplest of dishes with a sprinkle towards the end of cooking. In fact, adding it too early can turn the dish a tad bitter.

The actual spices that go in vary from household to household. I keep mine simple with 4 cardamoms, 8 black peppers, 8 cloves, 2 small bay leaves, 1 inch cinnamon and 1 tsp cumin. All whole, of course. You can add coriander seeds, dry dinger and even nutmeg to make yours as you like it.

How do you like yours?

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    27
    Jun
    2014

    Storing spices

    Art and science of spice storage

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    It’s not an art, nor a science. Everyone has a method to the madness of a cupboard bursting with Indian spices. Here is mine.

    I binned the metal container years ago in favour of dishwasher-friendly jars that hold more substantial quantities.

    But beware of sacks of ultra large spice bags. Unless you are inviting my extending family around for lunch regularly, they will quickly lose punch. Not too mention hog precious cabinet space.

    How do you keep yours?

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      28
      Nov
      2012

      Miss Masala meets Madhur Jaffrey

      Nail biting encounter with the grand dame of Indian Cooking

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      Nail biting encounter with the grand dame of Indian Cooking

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        01
        May
        2010

        Miss Masala – Spinach and Lentil Dal Video

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          23
          Sep
          2008

          Comfort Eating

          Super healthy North Indian Taheri or vegetable pulao with a dollop of my crazy friend Boobie's Anda Raita

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            07
            Apr
            2008

            Introduction To My World

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              09
              Mar
              2008

              Cooking Dal with Louise

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