I finally got off the phone with my Mom who ok’ed my proportions for the kerala garam masala! I’m sorry I kept you waiting. It took time because I couldn’t have her tsking while reading this post. Call me a sissy, but I really do need her approval. Among all the excellent cooks in my life, she is the finest. I’m not saying this because of the obvious fact –she scares the living day lights out of me, but simply because, in my standards she is the best I’ve seen so far.
There are many versions of this garam masala and this is my Mother’s. It has been tried and tested by my family and friends, and all of them have loved it. The proportions are in metric system, because that is the system my Mother uses and I don’t (dare not) question my Mother.
25 gms cardamom seeds(elakka/elaki/elaichi)
50 gms cinnamon (patta/dalchini)
50 gms cloves (gramboo/long)
1 whole, 5 gms when powdered nutmeg (jadikya/jaifal)
100 gms fennel (perinjeeragum/saunf)
5 gms mace (may flower/javitri) – optional
20 gms star anise (chakra phool) – optional