Masala Spice Mixes

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One popular spice mix is garam masala, a powdered blend that typically has five or more dried spices. These can include cardamom, black pepper, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Each culinary region (even household) has a distinctive garam masala blend and individual chefs will also have their own. This spice blend has so many uses.

Chaat Masala is used in cooking and sprinkled on top of Indian snacks for a real flavour kick!

Masala Spice Mixes

Garam Masala

Ingredients

  • 15g cumin seeds
  • 25g coriander seeds
  • 5g black peppercorns
  • 20g cardamon pods
  • 5g cinnamon stick
  • 2 x cloves
  • 1 whole nutmeg grated

Chaat Masala

Ingredients

  • 3 TBL cumin seeds
  • 1 TBL coriander seeds
  • 5 tsp fennel seeds
  • 4 TBL mango powder (amchur)
  • 3 TBL salt 
  • 5 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 5 tsp dried ginger
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • 5 tsp ajwan seeds

Method (for both spice blends)

Use a pan and dry toast each individual spice until it smells fragrant. Set aside the spices. Blitz the ingredients in a spice grinder or pound together with a stone mortar and pestle. Do this until you achieve a fine powder. Remove and store in a jar for up to 6 months.

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