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.
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.
Garam masala is all about toasting whole spices first to help release their essentials oils, and then grinding to powder form in a grinder. Traditional garam masala should be purchased in small batches and then stored in a cool, dark spot in your kitchen pantry.
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. Garam masala is more aromatic than curry powder, too.
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 Recipes & Cooking Tips
MMMMM! Love, love LOVE them smell when it arrives! All Garam Masala's are a bit different based on the recipe. I truly like this one, but more importantly it is so wonderful to actually smell and taste the difference of freshly ground spices! I recommend making a curry paste with it shortly after you receive it, that way it is ready to use whenever you are ready to make a fast curry. It is a bit spicy though. Thanks Raw spice! Love the Chat Masala too!
This is one of our favorite spice blends. We use it daily on eggs, veggies, hash browns etc. super flavorful and not spicy. Also delicious on pork and cabbage etc it's a kitchen staple in our house. We alsomade the chicken tikka masala and its our favorite at home!
GREAT spice mix!! Only downside is that the pouch is hard to seal after used. The spice is fantastic. LOVE IT! A++++
This garam masala blend tastes fabulous! love it. We are putting in everything!
If you like a hot spice - this one is for you. It takes very little of this spice to make a big impact.