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Garam Masala

Garam Masala

Garam Masala
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Garam Masala is an Indian spice mix whose name means, "hot mix." Despite its name, it is actually generally sweet and warming rather than spicy.

The contents will vary, particularly from region to region in India, Components can include black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, fennel and fenugreek seeds, and nutmeg.

In Bengali cooking, Garam Masala is used in meat dishes, and not very often in vegetable dishes.

Cooking Tips

Use sparingly. Add either at the end of cooking, or fry briefly at the beginning of cooking to bring out the flavours.

History Notes

Garam Masala may have been the inspiration for Curry Powder.

Language Notes

"Garam" means hot; "masala" means spice mixture in Urdu.

See also:

Spice Mixtures

Apple Pie Spice; Cajun Spice Mix; Chili Powder; Curry Powder; Dukkah; Fine Powder; Five Spice Powder; Garam Masala; Goda Masala; Gulaschfix; Menudo Mix; Panch Phoron; Poudre d'Ermenesque; Poudre Marchant; Powder Blanch; Powder Douce; Powder Forte; Pumpkin Pie Spice; Ras el hanout; Sambar Masala; Sambar Podi; Shatta; Shichimi Togarashi; Spezie Forti; Tunisian Five Spices; Yuzu Shichimi; Za'atar; Zhoug

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Oulton, Randal. "Garam Masala." CooksInfo.com. Published 02 September 2002; revised 22 February 2014. Web. Accessed 03/17/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/garam-masala>.

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