Garam Masala

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Garam masala, a staple of North Indian cooking, is made with just 14 whole spices. Spices are toasted whole, freshly ground, then hand-blended. This is the blend for Indian curries, tikka masalas and dals. Made from toasted coriander, toasted cumin, black peppercorns, cinnamon, fennel, fenugreek, green cardamom, bay leaves, black cardamom, black cumin, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, star anise. 

2 oz
25 Pk

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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.

Cooking Tips: As the quintessential Indian seasoning mix, garam masala combines all the best flavors that Indian cuisine has to offer. Sprinkle it onto a dish to add flavor and aroma. It is best used on meat and fish dishes, but also works well with soups and vegetarian dishes. Also try: madras curry powder, curry powder (sweet), vadouvan, and tandoori masala.

Customer Reviews

Based on 27 reviews
The masala is one of our favorite spice blends
Very good masala seasoning
took a chance for garam, and loved it!
Hot and Spicy masala