This is a simple blend of few spices which gives a heady aroma and flavor to your rice preparations like pulav / pilaf ,
It can also make used as a general spice blend to be added to many of your dishes especially gravies and curries . It is best to make this powder in a small quantity as and when needed to get the best fragrance out of freshly ground spices .
10 -12 Cloves
10 Bay leaves
1 tsp Pepper
10 Star anise ( badyani )
Dry roast all the spices and powder well ..sieve and store in a clean air tight container
Makes a very good garam masala for many dishes .
After sieving the powder you will have some spices left which have not been ground fine . Don't discard those , instead use them in your next pulav dish by putting them inside a small muslin cloth , tie it up and drop with the dish while being cooked . Remove and discard after the dish is done so you don't want to waste .
I have customized the Ingredients proportions to our taste as I don't like too much of cardamom flavor, I have reduced it . Similarly cinnamon too.
Usually in this garam masala equal quantities of the spices are chosen to be blended .
For example you can take 1 tbsp of each and powder . That is a minimum quantity and you can blend fresh quantity as and when you need .
While using spices as whole you can also tie them in a muslin cloth and let the flavors fuse with the rice and vegetables . You can then discard it .
I prefer to use them as a powder instead .