Garam Masala - an Indian Spice Blend
Author: Shelley Bennetts Date Posted:9 September 2019
Garam Masala – a mild spicy base or a garnish
Garam masala is an aromatic mixture of spices, adding warmth, sweetness, floral notes, and a touch of heat to dishes. It can be used as a base for Indian dishes, like curry powder, to give flavour and warmth. It’s also used as a last-minute garnish, like tossing fresh herbs into your dish, or adding five spice powder. It is said that there are as many variations of Garam Masala as there are families in India, for every home cook has their own personal garam masala recipe.
The Best Garam Masala Blend
Our authentic Garam Masala blend is a beautifully balanced combination of organic spices from Northern India, all sourced from the same farmers who supply us with the wonderfully fresh, organic and sustainable spices that make up the Pure Food Essentials range. It’s a spice blend of coriander, cumin, chilli, fennel, fenugreek, cardamom, turmeric, bay leaves, ginger, cinnamon and black pepper. A good garam masala has a mix of sweet, hot, and savory ingredients. The combination should be a balancing act, with no one flavour overpowering any other.
How to Use Garam Masala
In Indian cooking, most spices are added in the initial stages of preparation. Use Garam Masala instead of individual spices for an authentic, mild curry. As the dish cooks, the distinct flavours of each spice blend into a fusion with the main ingredients.
The addition of Garam Masala at the end of cooking reinvigorates the base spices. The blend brings out the earthiness of the cumin once more, the peppery punch of black pepper, the citrus tones of cardamom and the sweetness of the cinnamon. It’s done with a gentle hand and without further cooking. You will be amazed how the flavours will dance on the palate, bringing out the complexity of the base spices and revitalizing their beautiful aromas.
Dishes don’t need to be hot to be spicy. Don’t expect a fiery mouth taste, for although Garam Masala contains chilli, its effect is quite mild.