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Garam masala
Yunhee Kim

2. Garam masala

“Hot spice mixture” in Hindi 

Popular in: Northern India.

The blend: Coriander, pepper, cumin, green and sometimes black cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, nutmeg or mace, and ginger—the exact combo can vary.

Flavors: Warm and earthy, with a hint of sweetness.

How to use it: Sizzle garam masala in oil to release its aroma. Then, add it early in cooking for a mellow taste to something like samosas. You can also add it just before serving to brighten flavors: Swirl into chicken curry, or drizzle over pan-fried paneer (fresh Indian cheese).

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