Parsi Garam Masala

Preparation info

  • Makes about

    ½ cup

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    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

My Bombay Kitchen

By Niloufer Ichaporia King

Published 2007

  • About

Of the big three, this is the simplest. Garam masala literally means “warm spices,” but the warmth here refers not to their taste but to their properties. The customary ingredients—cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and pepper—are regarded as “warming” to the body in those medical systems (Parsi, Hindu, Arab, Chinese) that divide edibles according to whether they cool or heat. Garam masala is usually added toward the end of cooking to finish a dish.

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