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Recipes Using Garam Masala

Recipes Using Garam Masala Are you curious about how to use garam masala? You’re in luck! We’ve compiled some of our favorite recipes that use garam masala and they are just as mouth-watering as they look. Even just a pinch of this warm spice will take your dish to the next level.

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Garam masala combines whole spices that are toasted and ground, which is where the spice blend gets its name, “hot spice,” or garam masala. I know what you might be thinking- is it spicy? Not at all. Instead, hot spice is a nod to the warming process of toasting whole spices to draw out the flavor and aroma before grinding them.


Garam masala is widely used in South Asian cuisine to flavor meat, vegetables, lentils, chickpeas, and even desserts; we’ve compiled some incredible meals for you to try!

1. Grilled Tandoori Chicken

Serve grilled tandoori chicken with onion, cilantro, and raita.

Grilled Tandoori Chicken is juicy on the inside while maintaining a nice char on the outside, and it has all the eye-catching color you’d expect. Ours chicken is coated in a tandoori marinade and flavored with fresh ground spices like garam masala.

2. Chickpea Spinach Curry

Spinach and chickpea curry in a saute pan.
Photo Credit: The Recipe Well

This quick and easy vegan Chickpea Spinach Curry is a great dinner option for busy weeknights! It includes coconut milk and warming spices; you will love this creamy, comforting dish. It’s perfect for meal prep too!

3. Moong Dal (Instant Pot and Stovetop)

A single serving of Moong Dal with long-grained basmati rice.

Moong Dal or yellow lentils create a flavorful dish infused with garlic, ginger, tomatoes, and warm, fragrant spices.

4. Mushroom Masala

Mushroom masala curry in a bowl with roti, onions, and green peppers in the background.
Photo Credit: Profusion Curry

The mushroom Masala Recipe is a rich, creamy, and superbly flavorful Indian mushroom curry and the meal comes together in 20 minutes.

5. Butter Chicken Masala

Butter chicken masala in a saute pan.

Let’s make Butter Chicken complete with tender pieces of chicken simmered in a robust, fragrant, and creamy sauce that’s seasoned with fresh spices.

6. Punjabi Shahi Paneer

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Photo Credit: The Sassy Foodie

Punjabi Shahi Paneer has a flavorful masala consisting of cashews, tomato passata, and warming spices like garam masala.

7. Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken tikka masala served over rice and garnished with cilantro.
Photo Credit: Sugar and Soul

This Easy Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is a delicious British Indian recipe with a rich and creamy tomato curry sauce loaded with bold spices and chicken.

8. Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer Butter Masala with naan in the background.
Photo Credit: Cook with Kushi

Restaurant-style Paneer Butter Masala or Paneer Makhani is a popular Indian dish that is rich, creamy, and delicious, prepared using ingredients like butter, onion, tomatoes, paneer, cashews, and cream.

9. Instant Pot Chicken Biryani

Chicken biryani in a serving dish.

Our quick Instant Pot Chicken Biryani cooks in one hour and combines chicken, long-grained basmati rice, caramelized onion, and warming spices! Treat yourself to mouth-watering biryani without setting aside most of your day to make it

10. Saag Paneer

Swiss Chard Saag Paneer
Photo Credit: Masala and Chai

Saag Paneer features a unique ingredient, Swiss chard. It combines with lightly-spiced greens and fried paneer to make a savory meal.

11. Slow-Roasted Salmon Sandwiches

Two slow-roasted salmon sandwiches being drizzled with mustard sauce.
Photo Credit: Champagne Tastes

This slow-roasted spiced salmon sandwiches are made with spiced salmon, an apple slaw, and an easy mustard sauce spiked with garam masala.

12. Authentic Chana Masala Recipe

Channa Masala in a serving bowl topped with chopped cilantro.

Our Authentic Chana Masala Recipe cooks in a spiced tomato-based curry consisting of onions, ginger, garlic, green chilies, and cilantro.

13. Coconut Lamb Curry

A close-up image of coconut lamb curry topped with cilantro.
Photo Credit: Cooked and Loved

Enjoy this hearty, warm Lamb Curry with coconut milk and Indian spices. It’s perfect with a bowl of fluffy rice.

14. Kashmiri Mutton Rogan Josh

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Photo Credit: Yellow Daal

Kashmiri Mutton Rogan Josh is an aromatic curry known for its deep red color and the distinct taste of signature spices.

15. Tandoori Chicken Tikka

Finished tandoori chicken tikka on the skewers.

Restaurant-quality Tandoori Chicken Tikka is easy to make on the grill; it’s healthy, tasty, and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

16. Lamb Vindaloo

lamb vindaloo recipe
Photo Credit: Peel with Zeal

Spicy Lamb Vindaloo recipe is a curry from the Goan region of India. It’s made with spices, dried chilis, and vinegar; this restaurant-style Indian recipe is easy to make at home.

17. Chocolate Garam Masala Cookies

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Photo Credit: Food Trails

Chocolate Garam Masala Cookies feature an unlikely combination of ingredients. Garam masala and rich chocolate pair up to create an indulgent dessert you’ll crave.

18. Aloo Keema

A single serving of aloo keema with basmati rice and garnished with cilantro and ginger.

Our authentic, one-pot Aloo Keema is a delicious combination of seasoned ground meat and potatoes sautéed in tomato, onion, garlic, ginger and warm spices.

19. Chana Saag

Fresh chana saag in a serving bowl.
Photo Credit: Spice Up the Curry

This delicious Chana Saag is a vegan dish brimming with Indian flavors and loaded with greens. It’s hearty and filling, thanks to the protein-rich chickpeas.

20. Kaleji Recipe

Our kaleji recipe pairs well with paratha.

Our Beef Kaleji Recipe simmers in an onion, ginger, and garlic-tinged masala. Served as is or with fresh bread like paratha, our kaleji masala fry is delicious.

21. Instant Pot Black Dal

Instant Pot black dal with a spoon scooping it out and an Instant Pot and naan in the background.
Photo Credit: Instant Pot Eats

Inspired by the famous Black Dal at Dishoom restaurant in London, this Instant Pot dal makhani recipe is rich and creamy, yet it takes a fraction of the time of the original.

22. Indian Eggplant Curry

Indian eggplant curry on a plate and garnished with nuts and cilantro with rice in the background.
Photo Credit: Our Plant Based World

A carefully balanced blend of our favorite spices and seasonings come together to create this Eggplant Curry dish. It is the simplest way to enjoy your favorite vegetables!

23. Paya Soup

A bowl of paya soup topped with fresh cilantro.

Paya Soup is popular for its health benefits and is perfect for colder months. Stew beef feet and bones into a soothing broth and serve it with warmly-spiced baghar to make paya.

24. Healthy Samosas

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Photo Credit: Urban Farmie

The perfect, healthy Indian Samosa recipe (baked samosa and air-fryer samosa) is made with six simple pantry ingredients for a healthy and delicious side.

25. Indian-Spiced Shepherd’s Pie

Indian-spiced shepherd's pie in a casserole dish.
Photo Credit: Every Little Crumb

Shepherd’s pie with a twist, this is a deliciously comforting combination of spiced mince topped with creamy golden mashed potatoes. You’ll never go back to the traditional pie again!


Okay, so you’ve selected a recipe using garam masala to make for dinner tonight, but now you need something to pair it with; here are a few suggestions.


What’s in Garam Masala?

You can purchase the spice blend in most mainstream grocery stores, but you should know one thing- Garam Masala is not one size fits all. Throughout South Asia, you will find that recipes that are specific to each region, each one slightly different from the last.

The combination of whole spices and how much of each spice will vary from recipe to recipe, but the preparation is the same. Begin by measuring the whole spices, then toast them in a pan over low heat. Finely grind the spices, and preserve them for many meals to come!

What spices are used to prepare Garam Masala?

This list could go on and on, but here are some whole spices you can include in a garam masala recipe: green cardamom, black cardamom, cinnamon sticks, black cloves, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, nutmeg, mace, bay leaves, black peppercorns, star anise, dried ginger, asafoetida powder, caraway seeds, and fenugreek. Try our Pakistani Garam Masala as a replacement for the store-bought version.
For a family-treasured recipe, check out our North Indian Garam Masala Recipe.

What does Garam Masala taste like?

Garam Masala is a warm, fragrant spice blend with layers of flavor. The taste depends on the amount of each spice used, but overall I would describe it as savory sweet.


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Sunday 16th of October 2022

What a great collection of Indian/Pakistani recipes. Now that I've mastered your garam masala recipe, it is easy to make many of these. We tried the kaleji, biryani, and daal and they were all rich and flavorful. Very authentic.