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Garam Masala: The secret of Indian cuisine

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garam masala: the secret of indian cuisine
Garam masala, which translates as "hot mix", is the heart and soul of Indian cuisine.

This aromatic spice is not just one ingredient, but a carefully balanced combination of several spices that together form the basis of many Indian dishes. In this article, we will explore the history, composition, uses and health benefits of garam masala, while introducing the authentic BAM blend that is carefully prepared and produced in Slovenia.


Historical significance of garam masala


Garam masala has its roots in ancient Indian Ayurveda, where the use of spices was associated not only with taste but also with healing properties. Traditionally, the spice blend was tailored to the needs of the individual, with an emphasis on balancing physical and mental states. Each spice in garam masala has its own role, from turmeric, which is anti-inflammatory, to black pepper, which stimulates digestion.


Garam Masala ingredients


A classic garam masala blend may include black and white pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander seeds, cumin, bay leaves and many other spices. Proportions and ingredients may vary according to regional preferences and personal tastes. The authentic BAM blend found in Slovenia follows traditional recipes while adding a local touch to create a unique and harmonious combination of flavours.


Using Garam Masala in the kitchen


Garam masala can be used in a variety of ways, from marinades for meats to bases for curries and soups. It is often added towards the end of cooking to retain its rich aroma. In Indian cuisine, garam masala is known not only to improve the flavour of dishes, but also to stimulate digestion and increase the body''s heat, which is particularly welcome during the colder months.


Here are five typical dishes that often contain garam masala:


Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani): This creamy and rich chicken dish is a classic Indian dish where the chicken is marinated in a mixture of yoghurt and spices, then cooked in a buttery tomato sauce. Garam masala is often added to the sauce to accentuate the depth of flavour.


2. Chana Masala (Chickpea Curry): A popular vegetarian dish made with chickpeas, tomatoes, onions and a rich array of spices including garam masala. This spice helps to balance the sweetness of the tomatoes and adds complexity to the dish.


3. Biryani: A flavourful rice dish that can be prepared with a variety of meats or vegetables. Biryani is known for its use of various spices, including garam masala, which adds a rich aroma and flavour to the rice and ingredients.


4. Rogan Josh: This Kashmiri curry usually includes pieces of lamb cooked in a rich gravy seasoned with garam masala and other spices. Garam masala adds depth and warmth to this spicy dish.


5. Dal Tadka: A classic Indian lentil dish often served as part of a thali. Dal is cooked to a creamy consistency and then ''tempered'' (tadka) with a mixture of spices which are fried in hot oil or ghee. Garam masala is the key ingredient in tadka, adding a rich and aromatic flavour to the lentils.


Each of these dishes represents different regions and culinary traditions of India and demonstrates the versatility and richness of flavours that garam masala can add to different dishes.


Health benefits of Garam Masala


The spices in garam masala are known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Regular use of this spice can help improve digestion, relieve pain, reduce the risk of chronic diseases and even support healthy weight loss.


BAM Garam Masala: authenticity and quality from Slovenia


In Slovenia, BAM Garam Masala is the epitome of authenticity and commitment to quality. It is prepared with Indian cuisine lovers in mind and combines traditional knowledge and local ingredients to create a unique harmony of flavours.


Garam masala, the heart of Indian cuisine, combines a wealth of spices that go beyond taste to include health benefits ranging from antioxidant to anti-inflammatory properties. This spice blend reflects the rich heritage and regional diversity, while symbolising culinary innovation and a culture of integration in modern cuisine. With its ability to transform dishes and bridge traditions, garam masala not only enriches palettes but also builds bridges between cultures, demonstrating its enduring popularity and relevance in global cuisine.

BAM spices was created with the desire to offer you spice blends of the highest quality. From now on, your savoury and sweet dishes should smell of the subtle flavours of spices. Become a master of creating superb dishes!

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