A spice mixture used in Indian cookery. The exact mix varies according to the cooks taste and regions but the following spices are typically used, whole: Cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin and black pepper. The whole spices are roasted together, then ground into powder.
Because the spices are not raw, garam masala may be added to dishes in the final stages of cooking or sprinkled over as a final seasoning before serving the food. It can be made in large quantities and stored in airtight containers.