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Aug 29, 2008 12:26 PM

What can I substitute for garam masala seasoning?

I want to try a new recipe, but it calls for garam masala, which I don't have (and I don't have time to stop by the market). What can I use to substitute?

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  1. Garam masala is just a mixture of spices. Lots of recipes to make it. Here's a simple one:

    If you want something more elaborate Google garam masala recipes.

    1. A very basic garam masala could be made out of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and nutmeg.

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      1. re: tmso

        I overlooked that the recipe I linked to didn't have cardamom. I'd say it's essential in garam masala.

      2. Hmmm, looks like I'll have to hold off on making the recipe until I get a hold of garam masala since I don't have either coriander or cardamom!

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        1. re: spkspk

          try using allspice it tastes a lot like garam masala.

        2. Or, you could just use curry powder. Both that and garam masala are mixes of spices, and although there are certain basics, every mix will differ. (I know some posters will strongly disagree to making the switch, but then there's the real world.)

          1. I know it's been a while and you've most likely already gotten the garam masala but I found this when I was looking for the same answer.
            chat masala = chaat masala To make your own: Roast in a pan one tablespoon coriander seeds and two tablespoons cumin seeds, then grind them along with two tablespoons black peppercorns, one tablespoon crushed dried red chile peppers, one tablespoon amchoor powder, and one tablespoon salt. Substitutes: garam masala.

            I found it on this site if you ever need to find any other substitutes for spices and herbs:

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            1. re: beastII

              I wouldn't recommend chaat masala as a substitute for garam masala. It is spicy and sour whereas garam masala is warm-tasting and slightly sweet. Prepared chaat masala often contains very distinctive sulfurous-tasting spices that send it even further afield.