QUICK FACTS

Flavor: A blend of warmth, sweetness, and spiciness.

Use with: Everything. Seriously. (See below)

 

HISTORY

Garam masala is a very popular spice blend originating in Northern India. In Hindi, garam means warm, and masala means spice blend, and as a result the spice was named in this way.

 

PRODUCTION

Ingredients of garam masala vary based on the chef creating it. Green or black cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and peppercorns are ingredients of garam masala in its simplest form. If making your own spice blend, dry roast spices over a fire and then grind them up for the best results. Fresh ground spices tend to lose their flavor quickly, so only make it in small batches.

 

FLAVOR AND USAGE

Garam Masala is the most widespread spice blend in India and Indian-influenced countries. It is incredibly versatile and for this reason blends well with almost every food group (except for fruit). This includes rice dishes, lentils, red meat, chicken, meat curries, fish, potatoes, vegetables, yogurt, and salad.