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Recipes Using Garam Masala

Recipes Using Garam Masala Are you curious about how to use garam masala in your cooking? You’re in luck! We’ve compiled some of our favorite recipes using garam masala and they are just as mouth-watering as they look.

A cover image with three recipes that use garam masala.


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.
Image and Recipe from Jamil Ghar

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. Moong Dal (Instant Pot and Stovetop)

A single serving of Moong Dal with long-grained basmati rice.
Image and Recipe from Jamil Ghar

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

3. Mushroom Masala

Mushroom masala curry in a bowl with roti, onions, and green peppers in the background.
Image and Recipe from Profusion Curry

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

4. Butter Chicken

Butter chicken is ready to be served.
Image and Recipe from Jamil Ghar

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.

5. Punjabi Shahi Paneer

Image and Recipe from The Sassy Foodie

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

6. Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken tikka masala served over rice and garnished with cilantro.
Image and Recipe from 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.

7. Instant Pot Chicken Biryani

Chicken biryani in a serving dish.
Image and Recipe from Jamil Ghar

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

8. Saag Paneer

Image and Recipe from 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.

9. Chana Masala

Image and Recipe from Jamil Ghar

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

10. Kashmiri Mutton Rogan Josh

Image and Recipe from Yellow Daal

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

11. Lamb Vindaloo

Image and Recipe from 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.

12. Chocolate Garam Masala Cookies

Image and Recipe from 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.

13. Chana Saag

Fresh chana saag in a serving bowl.
Image and Recipe from 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.

14. Kaleji Masala

Our kaleji recipe pairs well with paratha.
Image and Recipe from Jamil Ghar

Beef Kaleji Masala 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.

15. Indian Eggplant Curry

Indian eggplant curry on a plate and garnished with nuts and cilantro with rice in the background.
Image and Recipe from 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!

16. Healthy Samosas

Image and Recipe by 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.

17. Indian-Spiced Shepherd’s Pie

Indian-spiced shepherd's pie in a casserole dish.
Image and Recipe from 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!


What’s in garam masala?

You can purchase garam masala 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 for garam masala are specific to each region, each one slightly different from the last.

Garam masala varies from region to region, home to home, and even recipe to recipe- depending on what you’re using garam masala to prepare.

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-inspired 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.



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.