Garam masala, “hot spices” in Hindi, is a richly aromatic blend of spices that gives a balanced blend of sweet and peppery flavours to Indian and Asian dishes. Even though the ingredients vary according to the country, village or family, some of the ingredients of this versatile Indian mix are cardamom, ginger, fennel, black pepper, cumin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. It is widely used in Indian and Asian cooking and seasoning and especially for adding flavour to curries.
Culinary Notes :
- Add at the end of cooking to preserve its flavour or sprinkle over the cooked dishes
- It works well in beef or lamb marinades with lemon juice and mint
- Use it in curries, braises and marinades
- Use in chicken, fish, pork, poultry and vegetables
- Use in Indian dahl, kormas, samosas and tandoori
- Use as a garnish
- Use in sweet dishes as cakes
Garam Masala contains different ingredients, which each of them contains many health benefits. Some of them are: cardamom, ginger, fennel, black pepper, cumin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
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Other names or spelling: “hot spices”, Indian spice blend