What Is Garam Masala?

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Do you have a jar of garam masala in your kitchen? This blend of fragrant spices is common in Indian food. You can blend yourself one or you can buy in. If you decided to do it then you might have all the spices. But what is garam masala? 

What Is Garam Masala?

Garam masala is a popular Northern Indian spice blend used to flavour soup recipes, stews, curries, and more. You can buy garam masala in the spice section of your supermarket, or you can create your own blend from whole spices.

Garam masala means hot or warm spices, but the flavours aren’t hot as in spicy with cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and peppercorns and others. This unique blend tastes sweet, warm, earthy, and even slightly floral. Blends vary from family to family and recipe to recipe, so if you make it at home, then buy it at the store, then try it at a restaurant, you might never have the same blend twice! 

How to make garam masala? 

Garam masala can be made from spices of cinnamon, peppercorns, cardamom, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, cloves, mace, and nutmeg. To create your own blend, toast whole spices to bring out their flavour, then grind them.

Garam masala taste like?

Garam masala is a warm, fragrant spice blend with lots of layers of flavour. Not every blend will taste the same, but you'll likely get hints of cinnamon, cloves or peppercorns. Try a pinch on your vegetables, then you will taste it.

How to make curry powder?

Curry powder is different spice blend. Curry powder is often a mix of turmeric, ginger, cumin, and chilli powder. 

Recipes to try

Chicken Tikka Masala

Prawn Masala

 

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