Trivia in the Kitchen, Number Forty-Six!

So, what exactly is “Garam Masala?”  Obviously it is a blend of spices, for one often finds references to this concoction in many recipes. This blend is common in North Indian and other South Asian cuisines and is used as “heat” (“heat” is the translation of garam) to elevate the body temperature.  Of course, it is always nice to consider the preferences of your dinner guests prior to creating something too spicy, but . . . as for me, bring the heat!

A typical Indian version of garam masala contains:

  • black and white peppercorns
  • cloves
  • cinnamon or cassia bark
  • nutmeg and mace
  • black and green cardamom pods
  • bay leaf
  • caraway

So whether you want to experiment on your own and concoct your own garam masala, or try this or another tried and true recipe (see below links), you will find this to be a spice that every cupboard should always have in stock.


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