Garam Masala means "warming mixture". Every family and region has their own blend. Some are really hot, others are mild. Frontier Herbs makes a nice blend that has more of the warm versus hot spices in it. It has a nice complex flavour rather than just chili heat.
You can always add more chili powder to your recipe if you want more heat.
Thanks GM, the one container of GM I had was a nice warm, complex mix. One I got at a local grocery store was too hot and the flavors weren't as complex as I'd like. Thanks for the link. Will go to it and see what they offer. Again, I appreciate the time you took to write. Lee
Garam Masala is an East Indian spice blend. It can be used in many types of dishes. I use it on vegetables, in kitchari (rice & lentil dish) and in soups. The Indian markets carry both the powdered (ground) varieties as well as bags of the mixed whole spices that you grind freshly at home.
Roast each of the above till they turn aromatic.
Powder to a fine powder using a coffee grinder and use as required.
This will keep well for months in a airtight container.
You can make a larger quantity of this by using the above ingredients in the same ratio.
Quoting: Ingredients for South Indian Garam Masala
Whole black peppers- 1/2 cup
Cloves- 1/2 cup
Grated nutmeg- 1/2
Red chilies- 5
Cinnamon stick- 4 (broken into
Seeds from 1 cup green cardamoms
Seeds from 1/4 cup black cardamoms
Coriander seeds- 1 cup
Cumin seeds- 1/2 cup
How to make South Indian Garam Masala
In a heavy-bottomed pan fry all the
ingredients for 5 minutes over medium
heat. Remove from heat. Grind all the
roasted ingredients together to a powder.
Store in an airtight container.
GM. I do have some Herbes de Provence but it too is old but I think I can read what's in it and make some myself. Thanks for your response. Lee
ps am open to any suggestions you might have. I am fond of Chinese Five Spice, too but thank goodness it is fresh.
Chinese 5 spice (as opposed to Bengali 5 spice "panch phoran") is another classic spice blend. I like 5 spice powder for certain dishes. Sometimes the taste of the star anise is stronger than I would want. 5 spice blend is very good in Malaysian style curry noodles.