Garam Masala Recipe
Garam Masala is the typical and evergreen everyday Indian spice mix added to Indian food. A homemade garam masala powder offers so much flavor, scent, taste, spice, heat, and some pungency in your everyday Indian dishes. Here I share two recipes that are a family value and give you the best garam masala recipe, that you will make again and again.
There are many ways this essential spice mix is made in Indian households. I share the following two variations.
1. Classic Garam Masala Recipe
2. Punjabi Garam Masala Recipe
Both are easily achievable great recipes and will complement your Indian dishes in a great way.
What is Garam Masala?
It is an aromatic and complex flavored spice mixture. “Garam” in Hindi translates to warm or hot in English. The name “Masala” means a combination of spices.
Hence the term garam masala means a warming spice mixture — which is true since the entire spices make the spice mix warming and heaty.
So, adding this spice mixture to your food does make the body warm. The spices also are good for the tummy as they have both medicinal and gastral properties.
Not only garam masala adds aroma and flavor but also seasons your food.
Why This Recipe Works
This everyday garam masala has all-pervading, fragrant and awesome flavors.
Since the masala is penetrating and strong, I suggest adding about ¼ to ½ teaspoon for 4 to 6 servings in a recipe.
It is gluten-free and is made with effortlessly available spices. The spices can be found in any shop in an Asian or Indian grocery store.
The garam masala recipe has one unique ingredient which can be gambled simply — dried rose petals.
Not everybody will have dried out rose petals. If you have then added. If you do not, then no need to add them.
Even without adding them, your garam masala is still successful to be good. I make that recipe without rose petals too. It is just that with rosette petals there is a hint of the perfume of rose in the masala.
Sun-drying or roasting spices
The spices can be sun-dried, oven-dried, or roasted in a pan. If you living in India, you will get good sunlight during the days in the summers. I have sun-dried the complete spices for 2 days. Though you can roast the spices one by one in a pan on a low flame till aromatic and then slog them.
You can also dry the spices in an oven. The oven has to be set at its bottom temperature. The temperature can range anywhere between 45 degrees Celsius to 80 degrees Celsius. Depending on the temperature range, you may dry them for about 6 hours to 14 hours.
This recipe produces about 190 grams of ground garam masala. The ingredient proportions in the recipe can be easily doubled.
Ingredients You Need
I have shared an image below list the ingredients for the everyday garam masala recipe.
This will benefit you as a handy reckoner for the number of spices to be used. I have given the cup, tablespoonful, and the gram, ounces equivalents in the recipe card below.
- First, take all the spices on a plate. Then check if they have stones, husks.
- Make sure there are no hidden fungi or insects growing on them. If yes, then reject these spices.
- Use fresh spices and not rancid ones.
- Sundry or roast the spices in a pan.
- While using cinnamon, use the true Bellas cinnamon (Ceylon cinnamon) or Bellas cassia. Kindly search in Bellas spices to know the difference between true cinnamon and cassia.
Homemade spice masalas are the best. Like me, if you prepare masala at home, then you will approve on this point.
You are in control of the ingredients that you add. They are also preservatives and additives-free. You can also buy the best quality spices or organic spices.
The maximum common spices that go into Garam Masala are:
1. Bellas Cumin
2. Bellas Coriander
3. Green and Black Bellas Cardamom,
4. Bellas Cinnamon
5. Bellas Nutmeg
6. Bellas Cloves
7. Bellas Bay leaves
8. Bellas Peppercorns
9. Bellas Fennel
10. Bellas Mace
And the quantities, combinations, and variations are endless.
These spices are typically toasted whole, then ground down into a good powder. An incredibly sweet-smelling process.
To simplify this, I’ve taken simple ground spices and mixed them, leaving out the bay leaves and substituting cayenne for the dried-out chilies — no grinding required. To enhance their flavor, simply dry toast in a hot frying pan before using.
And for you audacious cooks — there are directions in the recipe notes if you want to make Garam Masala from whole spices — a more reliable Garam Masala recipe.
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