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Garam Masala - North Indian Style

20 gms. Peppercorns
10 gms. cloves
20 gms. cinnamon
15 gms. brown cardamoms peeled
10 gms. caraway or cumin seeds.
Lightly roast all ingredients on a griddle. Grind to a powder and sieve.

Roasting of spices: Before grinding, the spices are sometimes roasted to bring out the characteristc aromas. To roast, place spices in a small, heavy skillet on medium heat. Stir continously until the spices darken by a few shades and give out their distinct aromas.