Garam Masala Powder

Kalpasi / Black stone flower / Patthar ka phool / Dagad phool is a spice used in Indian Cuisine. Typically used in meat dishes or Biryani, it is also used in some vegetable dishes too. Kalpasi as such does not have any particular shape, it is curly like dried flower that is very light in weight.

For day 3, under the theme " Ingredients through mail", I have got this rare spice Kalpasi from RAJINI (   I have never used Kalpasi as such in any of my dishes. I usually read the ingredients which are listed  in any of  the store bought Masala's. Long back I have seen this word Kalpasi in one of the Garam Masala packet (don't remember which brand it was ). But I knew exactly what I had to prepare with the ingredient I got from Rajini. I rarely prepare Garam Masala powder at home. This time as I made it at home, have used in couple of non veg dishes  and it really  made a different. Fresh flavor of the spices and the taste too. So here goes the recipe for fresh and home made Garam Masala Powder......


Kalpasi / Black stone flower 2
Cinnamon  1 inch stick
Cloves 3
Green Cardamom 3
Black Cardamom 1
Black pepper 1/2 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 spoon
Coriander seeds 1 1/2 spoon
Dry red Chili 4
Fennel seeds 1 spoon
Bay leaf 1


Dry roast all the ingredients in a pan.
Roast them on low to medium flame for about 4-5 minutes.
Now transfer the whole spices into another place to cool completely.
Add everything in a blender and make it a fine powder.
Store in any air tight container.

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Priya Suresh said...

Home made garam masala powder is definitely best na, chettinad cooking asks for kalpasi often. I love this spice very much.

R said...

Homemade is always the best!

rajani said...

I usually add Kalpasi to kurmas, biryanis and sambar rice. Garam masala recipe is a wonderful way of using it.

Sandhiya said...

I prefer homemade garam masala than the store brought ones. Adding kalpasi definitely improve the flavor of garam masala.Great recipe.

Gayathri Kumar said...

Home made spice powders are the best. They give such a wonderful flavour to dishes..

Usha said...

Rajani gave us as well when met last year. Yet to use it. Addition to garam masala is a good idea.

Srividhya said...

I am all up for anything homemade. Greae share. Can't image my kitchen without Garam masala.

Srivalli said...

Very nice version of garam masala...and I am all for homemade ones..

Harini R said...

Good one. I didn't know that garam masala needs the stone flower.

Chef Mireille said...

Rajani gave me some when she first came from India and I met her and I have yet to use it. This is a great utilization!