Garam masala is a mixture of ground spices including cinnamon, cumin, cloves, black cardamom, cloves and nutmeg, and sometimes also incorporates coriander, turmeric, fennel and ginger powder. This aromatic and flavourful spice mix is an Indian pantry staple. It is used as the spice base in curries, dhals and stews, and to add a finishing touch. You can buy it, however best flavour results from making your own batch regularly. The recipe for garam masala varies regionally in India, and even from household to household - it's all about personal taste. Grind your toasted spices with a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder. Once the spices are ground into a powder, store the garam masala in an airtight container for up to three months. Depending on the quality of your spices, the garam masala mixture packs a powerful punch so it needs to be used sparingly.