How to Make Garam Masala
The fragrant spices of India float through the kitchen and out onto the street, beckoning all those that pass by to wander into the establishment. The warm, complex smells of curry spice and coconut milk thrill the senses. The people on the street wonder, “What makes up this luring, warming aroma?”
Garam Masala is a key spice in many Indian dishes. The direct translation of “Garam” is hot and “Masala” is mixture. Hot mixture. The combination of spices is not necessarily hot in terms of heat, but rather as a sensation of metabolic warming when added to dishes. There is typically only one chile in this mixture, generating a minimal burn. If you crave more heat, simply add more chilies to the mixture.
Garam Masala is a spice well suited to curries, but it can also be utilized as a rub for grilled meats and vegetables, in stews, and in desserts like spiced cakes and ice creams. The possibilities are really quite limitless for this beautifully fragrant spice mixture.