With a complex perfume of earthy cumin and cinnamon, nutty, peppery cardamom, and citrusy coriander riding the top notes, our salt-free blend Garam Masala wraps you in a hug of comforting fragrance before you even take your first bite.
When you eat it, the anchor flavors of cumin, cinnamon, cardamom, and coriander are shored up by a bite of clove, a sweet hit of nutmeg, and the heady floral lift of saffron.
It finishes with the clean burn of black pepper, which lingers on the tongue and fills you with the sense of homey warmth. The words “garam masala” literally means “warming spice” or “hot spice”. It does not, however, refer to spicy heat generated by peppers. First created in the mountainous regions of northern India, Garam Masala was created to provide the sense of warmth during cold Himalayan winters, a sort of comfort curry. At its core, Garam Masala is a personalized blend of spices that employs what is available regionally, and what is preferred personally.
When you look at what goes into Garam Masala across India, the ingredients in this blend shift. A Garam Masala produced in a region of southern India may, indeed, have hot peppers in the blend to reflect the southern influence.