About Garam Masala
Garam masala is a mixture of dry spices which is used in many Indian dishes. Literally, “masala” refers to spice and “garam” refers to heat. So, garam masala can be translated as “hot spice”. The typical garam masala consists of cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, cumin and black pepper. But bay leaves and nutmeg are sometimes added.
Garam masala has been widely used and spread to the neighboring countries of India. You can find thousands of cuisines from Southeast Asia adapt garam masala as part of the ingredients.
To make garam masala, you need to grind the spices together and put the mixture on a hot griddle to toast. After the toast, the spice mixture is used immediately. The leftovers will then be kept in a sealed container for a maximum of six months. For an optimal pungent spicy flavor, garam masala is used in a small amount of quantity and only added at the end of the cooking process.
Health Benefits of Garam Masala
- Cinnamon is anti-microbial as well as anti-inflammatory ingredient. It promotes brain functionality and ideal in controlling blood sugar.
- Cumin is enriched with iron. It is good for food digestion and act as a property to fight against cancer.
- Coriander is an ingredient used traditionally to help diabetic patients to control sugar level in their blood. Many believe it is good in lowering the cholesterol in our bodies.
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