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Monday, October 27, 2008

गरम मसाला (Garam Masala Powder)

Garam masala is one of the main ingredients in Indian cuisine. A meal, especially a North Indian meal, can never be complete without the sprinkling of garam masala at the end.
The first thing you notice about the masala is the aroma. It has a sort of hot pungent heady aroma which lingers in the air long after you have closed the container of the masala powder.
Garam masala is a blend of spices usually used in Indian cooking not only for flavour but for the aroma it lends to the dish as well. A simple biryani or pulao with whole garam masala added for its unique aroma is something to be experienced as it cannot be described. "Heavenly" comes close.
Here is a blend that can be used for everyday use. There are other, more aromatic blends, but those will be posted later.

Ingredients : -

Coriander seeds - 8 tablespoons
Cumin seeds - 4 tablespoons
cloves - 10
black peppercorns - 3 tablespoons
cinnamon - 3-4 inches
black cardamom - 3-4
turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
green cardamom - 4
dried red chillies - 6-8
bay leaves - 2-3

Method : -

Roast the ingredients separately on a griddle til they release their unique aroma. Then powder them together.

1 comment:

Sadhana Ginde said...

Hi Amol,

Just wanted to say "hello" and tell you that I really like your site. There are some really wonderful recipes that I cant wait to try out. I esp love the Maharashtrian recipes!

Thanks,

Sadhana Ginde

http://www.bellaonline.com/site/indianfood