Garam Masala: What It Is, How to Use & 20+ Awesome Recipes

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What is Garam Masala?
Garam Masala Ingredients
How It's Made: Garam Masala Recipe
Where to Buy Garam Masala Powder
Need a Garam Masala Substitute?
Garam Masala vs. Curry Powder
32+ Garam Masala Recipes
Garam Masala Chicken

 

What is Garam Masala?

Taste: Warm, complex, mildly spicy
Most Popular Use: Curries, stir-fries, vegetables, dahls

Garam masala translates literally to "warm spice" in Hindi, the word masala simply means "spices," while garam means "hot." A staple of North Indian cooking, garam masala can be prepared literally thousands of ways and varies from chef to chef. Key spices include cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, cardamom, peppercorns & more.  

Garam Masala Ingredients

In North Indian cuisine, garam masala is typically used in powder form, while in the southern part of the country, garam masala is often formed into a paste with coconut milk, vinegar or water. The closer to the equator a population lives, the hotter the Indian spices & food tends to be. This is mainly due to the fact that chiles thrive in hotter climates, so Southern India garam masala blends tend to be hotter.

 

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Garam Masala vs Curry Powder 

Curry usually goes in early in the cooking process and tends to be more turmeric based, vs garam masala, which is meant to be added midway or near the end of the cooking process. Masala is more aromatic than curry, too.

How It's Made: Garam Masala Recipe

Garam masala is all about toasting whole spices first to help release their essentials oils, and then grinding to powder form in a grinder. This blend should be purchased  in small batches and then stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark spot like your kitchen pantry. 

Where to Buy Garam Masala?

Buy garam masala in small batches as ground spices will lose their flavor after just a couple months, changing the flavor profile of the blend.  Shop our Punjabi inspired Garam Masala, with 15+ whole, toasted spices, freshly ground and blended in small batches for the freshest flavor and depth.   

Garam Masala Recipes

Garam masala pairs well with Indian-inspired dishes like chicken tikka masala, curries, braised vegetables or dahls.  Make it easy and rub onto sweet potato wedges or whip up an easy garam masala sauce. Or change it up to add unexpected flavor to desserts like pumpkin pie or chocolate truffles.

Whether you’re a purist who only eats whole foods, a foodie looking for new ideas, or a busy on-the-go professional, there’s a garam masala recipe on this list for everyone.

 

Garam Masala Chicken Tikka 

Chicken Tikka is a staple dish in Indian culture. We've created a recipe with  with RawSpiceBar Garam Masala. Full recipe here.

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Curry Rice, 4 Delicious Ways

A simple and delicious way to amp up any rice dish with freshly ground curry spices, like RawSpiceBar Garam Masala. Full recipe here.

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Dal Makhani (Indian Spiced Lentils)

This rich, healthy, RawSpiceBar Garam Masala spiced stew is packed with protein from lentils and an ultra easy, warming one pot dish ready in under 30 minutes. Full recipe here.

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Jeera Rice (Indian Spiced Rice)

Easy, fragrant basmati rice with cumin seeds and freshly ground RawSpiceBar Garam Masala. Serve with curries, dals or as is. Full recipe here.

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Paneer Butter Masala

A healthier version of paneer butter masala with soft pieces of paneer in a creamy tomato sauce with onions, RawSpiceBar Garam Masala & tomatoes. Full recipe here.

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Malai Kofta Curry, Baked

A healthy, baked malai kofta curry, perfect for vegetarians and vegans and packed with freshly ground RawSpiceBar Garam Masala spices & veggies. Full recipe here.

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Spinach & Sweet Potato Curry

There are no rules here. Round up veggies you have on hand- we've chosen eggplant, sweet potatoes and chickpeas - add in freshly ground RawSpiceBar Garam Masala or other Indian spices (or individual spices) & your fresh ginger, garlic & turmeric and you've got a protein packed, healthy, flavorful one pot sweet potato curry to warm up any easy weekend or weeknight dinner. Full recipe here.

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Easy Homemade Curry Sauce, British Style

Serve the steamy rice and try this easy homemade curry sauce with RawSpiceBar Garam Masala. Full recipe here.

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Chickpea Veggie Burgers

Enjoy every bite with your Chickpea Veggie Burgers with RawSpiceBar Garam Masala. Full recipe here.

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Spiced Walnuts, Garam Masala & Honey

Smoky, sweet & deeply flavorful spiced walnuts with freshly ground RawSpiceBar Garam Masala, honey & roasted walnuts for an easy, healthy snack or salad topper. Full recipe here.

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Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges With Garam Masala Spices

Easy, healthy roasted sweet potato wedges with RawSpiceBar Garam Masala spices for an Indian inspired side dish or snack! Full recipe here.

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How To Make Dal Tadka (Garam Masala Lentil Soup)

An easy and flavorful way to warm up. Try this hearty soup with RawSpiceBar Garam Masala. Full recipe here.

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Chana Masala

One pot easy veggie chana masala with freshly ground RawSpiceBar Garam Masala. Full recipe here.

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Garam Masala Hummus With Toasted Sesame Seeds

This Mediterranean-inspired recipe will be the honor of your love for all-things hummus. Full recipe at Minimalist Baker.

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Garam Masala Tofu Scramble

Who will not get excited about a tofu scramble? Even if you think you aren't a tofu fan, this one might win you over. Full recipe at 101 Cookbooks.

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Garam Masala Caramelized Garnet Yams

Check out this really simple and extremely tasty Garam Masala Caramelized Garnet Yams with the addition of warm spices. Full recipe at Panna Cooking.

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Garam Masala Sous Vide Encrusted Rack of Lamb

Make your sous vide recipe dreams come true with this perfectly easy to make meal. Full recipe at Anova Culinary.

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Garam Masala Green Beans with Butter and Toasted Hazelnuts

Venture into the world of Indian cooking with Garam Masala. Full recipe at Steamy Kitchen.

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Garam Masala Luscious Lamb Chops

Light a grill and try this luscious lamb chops marinated with fresh spices. Full recipe at Food And Wine.

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Garam Masala Vegan Carrot Soup

Are you looking for healthy, quick and simple homemade soup recipe? Full recipe at A Beautiful Plate.

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Garam Masala Sauce With Potato Balls

Start to love indian spice with this creamy and flavorful Garam Masala Sauce with Potato Balls. Full recipe at Voila Vegan.

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Quick Chana Masala

Craving for a hearty, saucy and spicy chickpea and tomato dish? Full recipe at Cookie And Kate.

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Garam Masala Cookies

Try these garam masala cookies that will definitely in line with your dessert philosophy. Full recipe at Sel Et Sucre.

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Garam Masala Yogurt Pound Cake

Get your afternoon cup of tea and indulge in a slice of Garam Masala pound cake. Full recipe at West of the Loop.

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Garam Masala Cauliflower Rice

Love the Indian food with this easy and healthy way recipe. Full recipe at The Easy Healthy Way.

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Garam Masala Aloo Gobi

Set your weekend menu with this amazing recipe. Full recipe at PaleOMG.

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Garam Masala Pan-Fried Butternut Squash

Make your smart choice with this simple recipe packed with nutrients and lower in calories than both standard and sweet potatoes. Full recipe at Mom Foodie.

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Garam Masala Roasted Halibut in a Tomato Curry Sauce

Try this moist and tender halibut seasoned with garam masala served in a tasty tomato curry sauce. Full recipe at Closet Cooking.

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Garam Masala Pumpkin Tart

Have you cooked this? Partner Garam Masala Pumpkin Tart with your favorite dinner recipe. Full recipe at Cooking NY Times.

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