Mughal Garam Masala
To grind spices, put the spices in the jar of a coffee grinder, a spice mill, or an electric blender, and grind them to a fine powder. The food processor is not suitable for grinding a blend of spices of varying hardness and size. It works well for spices that crumble easily, such as roasted cumin seeds.
1/2 cup (about 60) black, or 1/3 cup (about 200) green cardamom pods
Break open cardamom pods. Remove seeds, and reserve. Discard the skin. Crush cinnamon with a kitchen mallet or rolling pin to break it into small pieces. Combine all the spices except nutmeg, and grind them to a fine powder. Mix in the grated nutmeg, if desired.
Store in an airtight container in a cool place.
Note: The recipe may be cut in half.
Yield: Makes 3/4 cup
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