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What is Garam Masala?

March 22, 2022

One of the most popular and commonly used spice mixes across Northern India, Garam Masala is used in a variety of delicacies across Indian cuisine including soups, lentils dishes, chaats and curries.

Authentic Garam Masala is a spice blend made with a combination of at least 4 to 14 aromatic and warming spices roasted and grind to perfection. Literally translating to “Hot Spice”, the spice blend is considered to elevate the body temperature. Widely used in Indian cooking to add flavours to every meal, the recipe of the blend varies with region and sometimes with every household. Not really a spicy blend, the combination of spices is primarily used for its deep and warming effect, rather that heat.

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The Ingredients of Garam Masala

With every region and every household, there is a new recipe of this popular spice blend called Garam Masala. Sometimes, passed down through generations while other recipes are easily available in books and online, it adds complexity of flavours to our meals with beautiful warming notes. Original recipes from Northern India contain a different combination of spices including:

  • Black Pepper
  • Cardamom
  • Cloves
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Coriander Seeds

However, for store bought Garam Masala the number of spice ingredients increase offering a deep and complex flavour profile to your meal. Below is the list of additional spices in various variations of the spice blend:

  • Nutmeg
  • Star Anise
  • Mace
  • Fenugreek
  • Mustard Seeds
  • Bay Leaf
  • Dried Red Chillies
  • Fennel Seeds
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Big Cardamom
  • Stone Flower

Benefits of Garam Masala

Although, each spice present in the garam masala blend has a set of health benefits, the quantity of mix added in any dish is small, thus health benefits it impart is not substantial.

However, overall the blend with all its potpourri of spices aids in improvement of digestion as well as increase immunity of our body.

Flavours of Garam Masala

Garam Masala is a warming spice blend with deep and savoury essence and with layers of fragrance in complete harmony. With hints of sweetness, floral notes, warmth and touch of heat from various ingredients, the blend is intended as a fragrant as well as flavoursome.

However, in some versions only source of heat is black pepper that brings more warmth that heat, other versions with inclusion of red chilli offers prominent flavours of heat on our palate.

How to use Garam Masala?

Garam Masala gives the best flavour when added at the end of cooking just before switching off the flame or can be sprinkled on the delicacy just before serving it. It not only adds flavour to your food but also infuses aromas to it. You can use it with dry vegetables dish, daals, gravy vegetables, various street food, even with eggs and soups recipes.

Culinary Uses of Garam Masala

The combination of spices and complexity of flavour of Garam Masala makes this blend most suitable for almost all kind of dishes be it daals or subzis. However, it is not only limited to typical Indian delicacies but also enhances the essence of fusion dishes as well as hits the perfect notes of some desserts. Below is the list of Indian and fusion delicacies you can prepare with Garam Masala:

  • Tomato Lime Garam Masala Soup
  • Spinach Garam Masala Soup
  • Mushroom Coconut Curry
  • Indian Vegetable Curry
  • Broccoli Soup
  • Garam Masala Roasted Sweet Potato Bites
  • Garam Masala Hummus
  • Veg Biryani
  • Pindi Chana
  • Garam Masala Vegetable Soup

How to Store Garam Masala and Some Tips?

There are some basic thumb rules to follow while storing the spice blend.

  • Store Garam Masala in an airtight jar in a dark and cool place.
  • If stored for long, it loses its potency rather quickly and loses its flavour and aroma.
  • Buy enough quantity that will last within few weeks, although with proper storage, it can be used up to six months.
  • The older it gets, larger the quantity needs to be included to bring desired flavour in your food.

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