Garam Masala Curry Mixture, Whole Or Ground
Garam Masala is a Punjabi, or Northern Indian, style curry powder. Garam Masala is based, not on turmeric, as are other curry powders, but on a tripart mixture of cardamom, coriander and black pepper.
Kalonji -- also known as black cumin or nigella and quite difficult to obtain -- is used instead of cumin.
Many years ago, a customer who had recently moved here from the Punjab came into our store with a recipe his mother had given to him for a special spice mixture. He wished to barter: he was willing to exchange his mother's recipe if we would blend and grind for him the necessary ingredients. The gentleman's daughter was here recently shopping in our store and we were happy to find our spices were still in demand by the next generation of this Punjabi family! She was pleased to hear that her grandmother's recipe for Garam Masala has developed a real following among our customers.
This highly aromatic seasoning serves as an all-purpose blend in Indian cooking, seasoning dishes from lamb, goat and pork to fresh fish to potato and vegetable dishes. Often it is sprinkled on the top of dishes towards the end of the cooking process to preserve its special flavor. Hand mixed from Moroccan coriander, cardamom from Tamil Nadu, India, Tellicherry pepper, cinnamon, kalonji, caraway, Zanzibar cloves, China #1 ginger and nutmeg.