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How to make garam masala

Indianapolis has many Indian restaurants, but you can make Indian food at home if you know how to make garam masala. True, you can buy it in bulk at Artisano's, but you can make your own with a recipe featured in Extending the Table, a cookbook available at Global Gifts (in Nora and on Mass Ave). I've changed some of the recipe to simplify it.

4 teaspoons ground cardamom

5 teaspoons coriander

2 teaspoons cumin

1 1/2 teaspoons cloves

2 tablespoons black pepper

Toast in heavy frying pan, stirring occasionally. You can also bake for 12 minutes, stirring once or twice, in a 450-degree oven.

My apartment smelled like Indian food for hours after making this recipe. Garam masala is a vital ingredient in egg curry.

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