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What Exactly is Garam Masala?

Indian recipes often list “garam masala” as an ingredient however, it’s not actually one item but rather a blend of spices pre-made into one ingredient. Garam masala can be purchased from the grocery store or made at home. Depending on who you ask, you will get a different answer on how to create garam masala.

The word “garam” means “hot”. The spices contained in garam masala are believed to heat the body hence the name.  Garam masala does not actually contain a spicy ingredient but rather, the spices blended together create an aromatic scent and intense flavour.

My preference is to use a small blender or coffee grinder to blend the spices together to create fresh homemade garam masala.  I use black peppercorns, cinnamon, cloves and whole cardamom in my garam masala recipe however some recipes for garam masala also include coriander, cumin and nutmeg.  It all depends on your preference.   

By grinding these spices together into a blend, immense flavour will be released into the dish that you are preparing and will likely “heat the body” which feels great and tastes delicious!

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xo Jasmine

Jasmine Daya

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