Garam masala is a blend of Indian spices like fennel seeds, cardamom, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, etc. Garam masala powder is widely used in Indian cooking to impart a flavour of its own. It is used in vegetarian and non-vegetarian curries, biriyani, pulao, etc. Garam masala powder has different versions available in South and North Indian states.
For making Kerala style garam masala powder, you have to dry roast the spices and grind them. Keep the ground powder in airtight containers.
Fennel seeds / Perumjeerakam - 1/2 cup
Cardamom / elakka - 20 nos
Cinnamon / Patta - 1 inch 10 pieces
Bay leaves - 3 nos
Cloves - 25 nos
Mace / jathipathri - 1 tbsp
Star anise / thakkolam - 3
On low heat, in an iron skillet or pan, dry roast the above spices. Allow it to cool. Now grind the above spices to a powder form. Transfer them to airtight containers.