Five Spice Powder / Chinese Garam Masala

I have recently shared with you my mom’s recipe of garam masala which we use in almost all our Indian recipes. Most recipes are incomplete without the use of this masala.

Today I will be sharing with you the recipe of five spice powder which serves like garam masala in Chinese dishes. It can be used in Chinese dishes instead of the regular pepper powder.

Recipe :


  • 6-8 star anise
  • 1 tbsp cloves
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 4 pieces 1 inch cinnamon stick

Method :

  1. Dry roast all the above ingredients till slight brown and little aroma is released.
  2. Allow to cool and grind in a mixer-grinder to fine powder.
  3. Store the powder in airtight container and use as and when required.