Homemade Garam Masala and Dark Fruit cake



3tbs cumin seeds
3tbs coriander seeds
2 tbs cardamom
2 tbs black peppercorns
4 cinnamon stick(break into peaces)
1tsp whole cloves
3-4 bay leaves
2 star anise spice(optional)
1 tsp grated nutmeg(optional)


Heat a heavy based dry skillet over medium-high heat,add the cumin,coriander,cardamom,peppercorns,cinnamon,star anise(optional),nutmeg(optional) and cloves into it.
Stirring occasionally,until they turn into darker shades.Once it done,remove it from the stove and let it cool for sometimes.
After few mins,transfer it into the mixie and grind to fine powder.
Store it in an airtight container.
Execellent Garam masala is ready.

Dark Fruit Cake:


220 g cake flour
1⁄4 tsp salt
1⁄2 tsp gram masala powder
200 g butter
1⁄4 tsp vanilla essence
4 medium eggs, lightly beaten
500 g mixed dried fruit
100 g dry nuts,chopped
 250 ml orange juice
 200 g brown sugar


Soak mixed dried fruits and nuts in orange juice overnight.
Next day before baking preheat the oven for about 5 mins at 180 degress celcius.
Sieve cake flour, salt, garam masala into a bowl.

Add butter,eggs,vanilla essence and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl, beat them until light and fluffy. 
Add flour ,beat them until well mixed.
Then mix in the soaked fruit mixture and nuts into the mixture 


                                        Turn the mixture into the non-stick cake tin.

Bake in the oven 45 mins at 180 degree celcius and then test with a skewer. If it’s not ready bake for up to another hour10 minutes until the skewer comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes. Turn out on to a wire rack and leave to cool.

Cut and serve on your desired shape.
Iam sending this to Think Spice-Garam Masala Event hosted by Sara  and Sunitha

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  1. Dear Prema,
    Garam Masala powder looks very spicy and aromatic.
    Dark fruit cake looks very delicious.Adding garam masala in the cake is new to me.Nice way to spice up the fruit cake.

  2. wow prema fruit cake looks awesome…home made garam masala good, till to date i never made garam masala at home as my best friend always used prepare and given to me but this time my turn ,i can make garam masala for her …thank q prema

  3. Its has been a long i prepared home made garam masala Prema, masala powder looks awesome..Dark fruit cake looks gorgeous,catchy and soft…

  4. Wow Sweety super pics..love the 1st pic too much…ahh U don’t believe Prema I want to bake cake with spices too..great mind think alike?? Cake looks absolute delish….I got to visit YCK

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog..plz keep visiting,nice to know you..You have wonderful collection of recipes.Lovely to see homemade garam masala,fruit cake is yummy too

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  7. Thanks for the garam masala recipe! I have not been able to find it in my local market and have been wanting to make some recipes I have seen on blogs with it.

    Your fruit cake sounds delicious. The flavors must be wonderful with the garam masala spices in it:)

  8. Love this homemade garam masala..I never buy it from the stores. Its the flavor of fennels that dominate our garam masala.

    Dark fruit cake looks absolutely yummy..Nice step by step pics..We too have a fruit cake recipe in our drafts. Will be posting it soon..

  9. Garam masala in fruit cake is new to me. I like the first picture in which u have displayed the spices. nice click. Fruit cake looks so nice and tempting.May be u can make this for our next meet..he he..

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