Garam Masala is a blend of ground spices common in North Indian and other South Asian cuisines. It can be used alone or with other seasonings. The composition of Garam Masala differs regionally, with many recipes across India according to regional and personal taste. The components of the mix are toasted, then ground together. Common spices found in Garam Masala include: pepper, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, bay leaves and cardamom.