Garam Masala

Some Garam Masala spices.
Some Garam Masala spices.

If you're unfamiliar with Garam Masala, it's a fragrant blend of warming spices used to season a variety of Indian cuisine. It differs significantly across India, depending on the region, household, and personal preference.

Each household's version is diverse and unique, which is what makes Garam Masala so special and complex.

You might ask what the difference is between conventional yellow curry powder and Garam Masala, which are both spice blends.

One of the most noticeable differences between these two spice blends is that curry powder is more flavorful and frequently contains turmeric, which gives it its characteristic golden, yellowish colour.

Because to the addition of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, and dried chilies, garam masala is darker, sweeter in flavour, and spicier than traditional yellow curry powder.

A flavour profile that is altogether different.

What Spices Are In Garam Masala?

The most common spices that go into Garam Masala are:

  1. Cumin
  2. Coriander
  3. Green and Black Cardamom,
  4. Cinnamon
  5. Nutmeg
  6. Cloves
  7. Bay leaves
  8. Peppercorns
  9. Fennel
  10. Mace

And there are no limits to the quantity, combinations, or variants.

Typically, these spices are toasted whole and then ground into a fine powder. This is a really fragrant process.

To make things easier, I combined plain ground spices, omitting the bay leaves and replacing the dried chillies with cayenne — no grinding required. Simply dry roast them in a hot skillet before using to enhance their flavour.

And, for those daring chefs, there are instructions in the recipe notes for making Garam Masala from whole spices, which is a more real Garam Masala recipe.

Healing Properties Of Garam Masala

Ayurveda is an ancient, traditional Hindu medical practise based on the principle that balance is essential for good health.)

Our bodies might become sluggish and slow to clear toxins if we don't have enough heat in our bodies, according to Ayurvedic medicine. In Ayurvedic medicine, the word garam means "to warm the body," and these warming spices are said to raise body warmth.

Other claims concerning garam masala's medicinal properties include its ability to strengthen our immune system, promoting weight loss, aid digestion, lowering blood sugar and lowering inflammation.


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