Organic garam masala is one of the best things that’s ever come out of Indian cooking. Its floral and earthy aromas give way to a spicy, sweet, slightly bitter flavour that permeates into every sauce it touches. Translating to simply delicious (or “a hot mix of spices” if you want to get technical), garam masala is actually a blend of different spices and herbs that varies from region to region. Common ingredients for homemade garam masala include cumin, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, cloves, bay leaves, peppercorns, fennel, and star anise. Of course, you’re more than welcome to add your own spin on this - pretty much every Indian chef in the history of cooking has. We think it’s easier just to upend our pre-mixed (and traditionally blended) container into a pan, but hey. You do you.
How to use organic garam masala?
Organic garam masala can be cooked, consumed, and used aesthetically. Like most spices, garam masala’s uses are dependent on the form it comes in.
While there’s no doubt that garam masala could be delicious on, say, tacos, the spice blend is pretty much only used to jazz up Indian cuisine. (If you try garam masala tacos, though, let us know how it goes!) Before incorporating the spice into any dish, organic garam masala is toasted to release the natural oils and ground into a fine powder. It’s a great addition to curries and stews but is usually only added once the cooking is almost done. That way, guests can smell the floral aroma - and it won’t conflict with the other spices used during cooking. You can check out some exciting garam masala recipes here!
Because organic garam masala is a spice blend, there aren’t a lot of the same extra-cooking uses as other spices. However, one thing garam masala does very well is acting as a fragrant, welcoming scent. Toast your garam masala before you strictly need to, and your kitchen will smell exotic and inviting.
100% Organic Cumin, Coriander, Green & Black Cardamom, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Mace, Cloves, Bay Leaves, Peppercorns, Fennel, and Star Anise
Country of origin
Garam masala originates from Northern India. A staple of traditional Mughal cuisine, organic garam masala can contain a variety of different spices originating from all over the world. As a warming spice, garam masala was often used on chilly winter nights in the northern Indian provinces. Organic garam masala is now a worldwide sensation, although it’s still primarily used in curries and other traditionally Indian dishes.
Storage / Packaging
Organic garam masala should be sealed at ambient temperature. The container should be kept in a dry area - and kept out of direct sunlight. When stored correctly in its original box, our blended garam masala has a shelf life of 1.5 years from its packaging date.
Although it’s true that all spices will eventually lose their flavour over time, our packaging works to stretch every tasty second of organic garam masala’s shelf life. Made out of biodegradable, compostable bags designed to lock in every morsel of flavour, you can rest easy knowing that your ingredients will always taste right. Plus, you can feel great about doing something good for the environment! That certainly deserves a second helping of skillet garam masala apple crips...
Garam masala is kind of a loner. It’s like those twins you knew in school who were nice and polite, but really only wanted to hang out with each other. Because organic garam masala is a blend of numerous spices, it’s usually best to add it into dishes by itself. Finish off whatever you’re cooking with a dash of toasted, organic garam masala and you won’t have to worry about including any other spices.
Organic Garam Masala Health Benefits
Because of its blended nature, the health benefits of organic garam masala are myriad (and as varied as its composition). It’s historically been used as a warming spice in Ayurvedic medicine, heating the body and raising metabolism. Our blend of homemade garam masala contains a smattering of organic spices, many of which have traditionally been associated with a variety of health benefits. This should help to keep your immune system as happy as your tastebuds!
- Organic garam masala appears to be excellent at boosting metabolism, using high levels of phytonutrients to stimulate proper digestion and nutrient absorption.
- The organic cloves and cardamom in the garam masala work to create a powerful bad-breath busting combination.
- Organic garam masala may also be helpful for fighting bloating and flatulence by helping to regulate your body’s digestive system.
- With several spices rich in antioxidants, organic garam masala can work with your skin to help banish acne and produce a healthy glow.
The buck doesn’t stop there! The spices in organic garam masala are still being investigated for their effectiveness in a variety of other areas of medicine. Many exciting new findings have indicated that organic garam masala’s medicinal properties are extensive.
While organic garam masala’s health benefits have been clearly established, it should be noted that it isn’t a replacement for modern medicine. Please make sure to seek professional medical advice from a qualified doctor or other healthcare professionals when looking to treat specific medical ailments.