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Recipes Using Garam Masala

Are you curious about how to use garam masala? You’re in luck! I have compiled a dozen recipes that use this tasty spice for you to try, and trust me, they are just as mouth-watering as they look; be on the look out for one of our garam masala recipes at the very end.

A collection of recipes using garam masala.

WHAT IS GARAM MASALA?

Garam masala is a spice blend widely used in South Asian cuisine to flavor meat, vegetables, lentils, chickpeas, and even desserts. The spice mixture uses whole spices, which are toasted and ground; hence 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 the whole spices to draw out the flavor and aroma before grinding them.

WHAT’S IN GARAM MASALA?

You can purchase Garam masala in most mainstream grocery stores, and that is fine. But you should know one thing, garam masala is not one size fits all. If you travel throughout South Asia, you will find that recipes for garam masala are specific to each region, all of them 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 to use are diverse, but the preparation is always 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 that has been passed down for generations, check out our North Indian garam masala.

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.

RECIPES USING GARAM MASALA

Serve grilled tandoori chicken with onion, cilantro, and raita.
Recipe and Picture by Jamil Ghar

01 | GRILLED TANDOORI CHICKEN

Grilled tandoori chicken is one of those meals you keep coming back to; the inside is moist while maintaining a nice char on the outside, and it has all the eye-catching color you’d expect from the dish. Ours is coated in a tandoori marinade and flavored with fresh ground spices like garam masala.


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

02 | MOONG DAL IN THE INSTANT POT

Moong dal or yellow lentils are infused with garlic, ginger, tomatoes and seasoned with chilies and warm spices.


Recipe and Picture by Flavours Treat.

03 | ONE POT VEGETABLE PULAO

Vegetable pulao is a one-pot dish made with rice, vegetables, whole and ground spices like garam masala.


Butter chicken is ready to be served.
Recipe and Picture by Jamil Ghar

04 | BUTTER CHICKEN

Tender pieces of chicken cook in a robust, fragrant, and creamy sauce seasoned with fresh spices.


Recipe and Picture by Sassy Food.

05 | PUNJABI SHAHI PANEER

Make vegetarian Punjabi restaurant-style shahi paneer. It has a flavorful masala made with cashews, tomato passata, and spices like garam masala.


Chicken Biryani topped with cilantro and ready to be served
Recipe and Picture by Jamil Ghar.

06 | INSTANT POT CHICKEN BIRYANI

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


Recipe and Picture by Masala and Chai.

07 | SAAG PANEER

Saag Paneer is made with a unique ingredient – Swiss Chard! Enjoy this Indian dish made with lightly-spiced, creamy leafy greens and fried paneer.


Recipe and Picture by Jamil Ghar.

08 | CHANA MASALA

Chana masala cooks in a freshly spiced tomato-based curry made with onions, fresh ginger, garlic, green chilies, and cilantro.


Recipe and Picture by Yellow Daal.

09 | KASHMIRI MUTTON ROGAN JOSH

Rogan Josh is an aromatic curry from Kashmir; it’s a popular dish known for it’s deep red color and distinct taste from the spices.


Recipe and Picture by That is More.

10 | DELHI-STYLE CHOLE

Delhi- style chole is made in a deep dish by adding boiled chickpeas with lots of spices in a masala.


Recipe and Picture by Peel with Zeal.

11 | LAMB VINDALOO

This spicy lamb vindaloo recipe is a curry from the Goan region of India. Made with a paste of spices, dried chilis, and vinegar, this restaurant-style Indian recipe is incredibly easy to make at home.


Recipe and Pictures by Food Trails.

12 | CHOCOLATE GARAM MASALA COOKIES

Chocolate garam masala cookies combine unusual ingredients, garam masala and rich, chocolate.


Our kaleji recipe pairs well with paratha.
Recipe and Picture by Jamil Ghar.

13 | KALEJI MASALA

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- especially as a quick meal for Eid!

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Grind the whole toasted spices in batches.

Garam Masala Recipe

Tressa Jamil
Are you curious about how to use garam masala? You're in luck! I have compiled a dozen recipes using garam masala for you to try, and trust me, they are just as mouth-watering as they look; be on the look out for one of our garam masala recipes at the very end.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Spice Blends
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 10 Tablespoons
Calories 29 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Break down the cinnamon stick and bay leaves, then combine them with the other ingredients on a skillet. Dry roast the spices for 2- 3 minutes over medium heat to draw out the flavor and aroma of the whole spices.
  • Allow the ingredients to cool some, then add them to a spice grinder in batches, blend until fine. You can also use a mortar and pestle if you don’t mind the extra work.
  • Stir in the ground nutmeg and add the garam masala to an air-tight glass jar.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 TablespoonCalories: 29kcalCarbohydrates: 3gFat: 1gSodium: 3mgFiber: 5g
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