Garam Masala- Allergy Friendly

  • Author: Shahla Rashid
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 /2 cup
  • Diet: Vegan


Allergy-Friendly Garam Masala can be used in dips, yogurt, sprinkle on top of popcorn, roasted chickpeas and more!  Garam Masala is nut-free (top 8 allergen free), sesame free and vegan. 



*All spices listed are for whole spices

What you will need: 

  • a heavy bottom skillet

  • spice grinder or coffee grinder dedicated for spices only.

  • spoon

  • tray


  • 3 tablespoon cumin seed

  • 3 tablespoon coriander seed

  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed

  • 1/2 tablespoon cloves

  • 11 green cardamom, with pods

  • 3 black cardamom (optional)

  • 1 stick cinnamon, broken into shards

  • 5 bay leaves, broken into pieces

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon black peppercorn

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger


  1. Heat a dry skillet (no oil) over medium heat.
  2. Toast cumin, coriander, fennel, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and black peppercorn for about 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Adjust heat to low if spices are darkening too quickly.   Stir with a small spoon often to keep everything cooking evenly and to avoid burning spices.
  3. Immediately transfer toasted spices onto a plate or tray. Spices keep toasting if left in a warm pan.
  4. Let cool for a few minutes.
  5. Pour in toasted spices to a spice grinder. Add bay leaves and ground ginger.  You may have to grind in two batches depending on the size of your spice grinder. Blend until finely ground.
  6. Store in an airtight container such as a mason jar in a dark place like a cupboard or drawer.



  • We like whole spices from Spicely Organics and ground spices from Simply Organic. Please check ingredients and labels to make sure it’s safe for you.
  • Ground spices lose flavor quick, best used within three months. Roast and grind in small batches. 
  • If allergic to any of the above spices; omit or replace with alternative whole spices that are safe for you. 
  • Keep in cool dark, place away from light and heat, like a cupboard.
  • Category: Spice
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: South Asian


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Keywords: garam masala, allergy friendly, spices, allergy friendly spices, nut-free spices

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