Garam masala, which literally means warm spice, is an essential Indian spice blend. It is a fragrant combination of warming spices used to season many Indian dishes. It would not be an exaggeration to say, that each household’s version is different and unique. It is a blend of several aromatic and strongly flavored Indian spices that are roasted and then used in ground form. Garam masala has a darker color and is spicier compared to typical curry powder – a result of using cinnamon and cloves in the recipe.
How to make Garam Masala ?
- Cinnamon — 4 Oz / 120 gm
- Cloves — 2 Oz / 60 gms
- Caraway / Shahjeera — 2 Oz / 60 gms
- Take the spices and weigh according to the measure given above
- Grind the spices to a fine powder. A coffee grinder is the best way to grind these spices.
- Transfer to an air tight container. I used a glass jar to store the garam masala.
Note: This homemade Garam Masala stays fresh for at least 1 month when stored in an air tight container.
How to use Garam Masala ?
- Since the Garam masala is already toasted and cooked, it can used at the end of cooking a dish and can even be sprinkled on the dish before serving.
- This mix can then be used in curries, lentils, soups or just sprinkled over omelets or scrambled eggs.
Benefits of Garam Masala:
- Cinnamon powder is a delicious spice with sweet and woody fragrance. It helps to lower the occurrence of heart diseases.
- Cloves have a strong flavor and aroma. It promotes bone health and liver health.
- Shahjeera or Caraway is rich in iron and plant compounds. It fights with inflammation.
Garam Masala is a spice blend that is full of flavor and therapeutic benefits:
- Lowers bad cholesterol and regulates blood sugar.
- Improves Digestion Process
- Restores heart health and helps maintain right cholesterol levels in the body.
- Anti-Inflammatory Properties
- Overall Health Booster
- Rich in Anti-oxidants
Making your own garam masala at home can definitely make a difference especially with cooking Indian recipes. Store-bought versions usually lose their flavor while sitting on shelves, which makes garam masala a spice blend that is worth making at home.
Hope you enjoy making this recipe!