About Garam Masala Powder
Garam masala powder is a popular Indian spice blend that originated in northern India. Garam masala ingredients can vary slightly according to region and supplier, but will always have a distinct flavor profile that’s rich, herbal, nutty, sweet, earthy and above all, warm. In fact, the Hindi word “masala” means “hot” — not spicy hot, but the Ayurvedic sense of warming the body.
Garam masala powder can be used as a lone seasoning or in combination with other spices. It’s a key ingredient in quite a few classic Indian dishes such as Tandoori chicken, chicken Makhani (butter chicken), Aloo gobi, chicken Korma, samosas, and dal.
Garam masala can be used in meat dishes, soups, stews, curries, sauces, and veggie dishes. It also works well as a dry rub. Some Moroccan recipes may call for Garam masala powder, most likely because it can be similar to the North African spice blend, Ras El Hanout (garam masala is just more common).