Garam Masala


We love getting questions from you and when one came in asking what garam masala is, we thought we should properly explain. Especially after our Easy Indian Main episode aired and you told us how much you enjoy these flavours.

We love getting questions from you and when one came in asking about garam masala, we thought we should properly explain. Especially after our Easy Indian Mains episode aired and you told us how much you enjoy these flavours.

Garam masala means warm or hot mixture in Hindi. It’s a traditional spice blend from the colder climate of North India that adds a comforting heat to dishes similar to cinnamon. While the 12 or so spices that go into it can vary greatly, you’ll recognize most of them. Spices like coriander, cumin, peppercorns, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, fennel, caraway, dried chili, mace and nutmeg are often in the mix. Like most spices, it’s best added near the end of cooking so the flavour and aroma aren’t cooked out.

You'll find garam masala in Indian markets or well-stocked supermarkets. Remember to purchase it in small batches so you’ll always have fresh stuff on hand and store in a cool, dry place for up to six months.

Now that you know what garam masala is, use it up in these delicious recipes.

Garam Masala Drumsticks With Aloo Gobi
Chicken in Spicy Spinach Sauce

Tags: flavour challenge, spices

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