Adventures in Garam Masala

You might know that I love my gadgets (and if you didn’t, now you do).

I love gadgets, any gadgets, whether they be electronical or mechanical.

img_0085One we’ve had for over five years now, is a kitchen gadget called a Thermomix. We have an older model called a TM31 and we’ve been happy with it. It doesn’t have the same bells and whistles as the newer TM5 which has an LCD screen and is ‘connected’ by a external ‘chip’ called a Cookidoo (horrible name imho).

Recently Thermomix has announced the TM6 which combines the TM5 and the Cookidoo with a larger screen and a few more cooking modes such as Slow Cooking and Sous-Vide cooking. This won’t be available until this summer.

I think it’s time for us to upgrade but in the meantime we are fortunate to be able to use a TM5 for a few months to get to know it better and to get ready for our TM6 when it becomes available.

My intention is not to sell it or hype it, but as we will be using it, a lot, I’d like to share our adventures with you.

Our first adventure is to prepare some Garam Masala, and I’ll tell you upfront that we’ll never be buying prepared Garam Masala again!

All we had to do was throw the ingredients into the bowl and the Thermomix did the rest!


  • 2 cinnamon Sticks approx. 8 cm long
  • 8 Cardamom Pods (seed only)
  • 2 tbsp whole Coriander Seeds
  • 1 tbsp whole Cloves
  • 1 tbsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Bay leaves

img_0674You can find many variations to these ingredients, but whatever you choose, the Thermomix will roast and grind them to perfection.

All you have to do after, is to transfer them to an airtight container and label.

The next step of course is to use your Garam Masala and in the next post I’m going to do that.

Next stop a Chicken Garam Masala.


    1. There was a bit left over from last night and I had a taster for lunch. The spices had matured overnight and the chicken was absolutey delicious!

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