Garam Masala Recipe from my Book Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen. “Garam” means hot and “Masala” in this context means blend of spices. Garam Masala spice blend is often used in Indian dishes to make sauces and curries. Find out how to make your own, to Roast or not to roast, where to buy, is it curry powder, what bay leaves and all you wanted to know about Garam Masala. Vegan Recipe. Pin this post.
Garam Masala. What is Garam Masala? “Garam” means hot and “Masala” in this context means a blend of spices. Contrary to the direct meaning, the spice blend itself is not generally hot. It has black pepper but no red chile. It can however feel hot once you eat some. The spices together will warm you up from the inside. The flavor of garam masala is complex and strong and can be used in other cuisines as well.
Garam masala recipes vary by family recipes, regions, states within India and of course personal preference. Each restaurant also probably has their own version they prefer. Some similar spice blends have different names depending on the region as well. Kashmiri garam masala, Goda Masala, Rajasthani Garam masala etc. There there are other spice blends which are used for specific types of dishes like Pav bhaji masala (for snacks dishes), Sambhar masala(not garam masala but another spice blend used frequently in southern Indian dishes).
For the sake of simplicity, garam masala is a spice blend you would use to make a general Indian dish. Add it to veggies to make a veggie side, Add it to tomato based sauces to make a curry, add it to dals or chickpeas or beans and many more etc.
Speaking of spices, Its been 1 year since my book released, and what a roller coaster it has been. What started as niche book (Vegan and Indian) is working out so well for both categories and then some. #1 Best Seller in Indian all Year!! Good food wins! Thank you you all for cooking the recipes so well and loving the food.
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