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Posted (September 23, 2014)

Sri Lankan chicken

Garam Masala – The spice of life

Garam Masala is the key ingredient to literally hundreds of Indian dishes and there are hundreds of different incarnations of this exotic spice mix most of which are passed down through families over generations.  The name comes from Hindi garam (Literally meaning hot) and masala (spice mix). The roots of this masala can be found by looking in to Ayurveda, ancient traditional Hindu medicine. Like all Indian cooking the blend relies on balancing the spices and creating the correct ‘agni’ or digestive fire to make the body work at optimal performance.   Unlike other spice mixes the ‘hot’ spice does not come from chillies but from the core spices of cloves, mace, black peppercorns, cardamom and bay leaves. This is the recipe we use in our curries and you will have had it if you have ever had our pork bhuni or butter chicken. For the best results, toast the spices in a frying pan over a medium heat giving them a shoogle now and then until they turn a shade darker. Grind them in a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder until very fine. Either use straight away or save in an airtight container.  I will post our butter chicken recipe next so you can try it out….

 

Garam Masala

Tbl spoon coriander seed

Tbl spoon cumin seed

4 star anise

5 cm peice of cinnamon

2 teaspoon black peppercorns

2 blades of mace

2 bay leaves

6 cloves

2 black  or 4 green cardamon


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