Mix all the spices inside a bowl. Transfer the mixed spices to a mortar and pestle and grind to wake up and infuse the flavor. Pour the garam masala into an airtight container, and store it in a cool, dry place.
Buying whole spices will produce the most flavor, but as long as your existing spices are fairly new,Grinding spices will wake them up.Spices start to lose their intensity as soon as they are ground. To really boost flavor and fragrance before each use, lightly toast the amount needed for your recipe.
How to Toast Whole Spices
Place a dry stainless steel saute pan over medium heat.
Sprinkle the spices in an even layer across the bottom of the pan.
To ensure the spices toast evenly, gently shake the pan.
The spices are toasted when they start to release their aroma, wiggle or make noise.
Dry spices can burn easily, so transfer the spices into a bowl as soon as they are done.
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