Many spice blends like garam masala (Indian spice) and allspice, often contain gluten. If you’re not sure about the gluten status of a spice blend, make your own. Garam masala is best when you make it using roasted, whole spices which have been ground, but the easiest and fastest way is to use prepared ground spices. That’s what I use. Use your homemade gluten free garam masala in recipes like my Gluten Free Chicken Korma or Gluten Free Beef Korma Recipe.
McCormick, a spice manufacturer in the United States, made it perfectly clear when I contact them a couple of years ago that their single spices are gluten free. So, that means that any of the blended spices are not. Most companies use an anti-caking ingredient in the spice blends that may contain gluten.
Be sure to use spices that you know are gluten free.
Gluten Free Garam Masala Recipe
An easy homemade garam masala recipe that you know is gluten free and safe.
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground fennel
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Whisk together all of the above spices. Use in your favorite Indian dishes.
- Store in an air-tight glass container
If you desire to be a top Indian chef, use whole seeds and spices and roast them. Once cool, grind them in a clean coffee grinder.
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