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Garam Masala; Allure and Health Benefits

The Spices of Garam Masala – Allure and Health benefits

Garam Masala is a traditional Indian blend of spices. It contributes an appetizing aroma and flavor to many dishes of Indian origin.  There is great health benefit derived from the individual spices that make up the blend. Once blended the synergy of spices offer a host of benefits to digestion and health.

According to Ayurvedic teachings it is the garam masala that brings all six rasas (tastes) into a dish to create a balanced diet.

The name garam masala is from the Hindi language meaning “hot spice mix.”  Here hot is not the usual meaning of “spicy hot,” rather it refers to the Ayurvedic healing system premise of agni (digestive fire.) To keep the digestive agni working optimally, the right kind of warmth and heat is needed. Ayurvedic texts speak of raising the body temperature to increase metabolism in order to prevent the digestion from becoming sluggish and accumulating toxins.

Note: The health of your digestion is the key to your overall health.

Spice trade: During the Roman Empire spices had become more valuable than gold. The lure of the vast variety of spices of vibrant color and aroma with their flavor enhancing and medicinal benefits was an attraction for invaders of India for centuries.      

Healing benefits of garam masala:

The health benefits of the individual spices in garam masala overlap greatly. To list each spice’s benefits individually would be repetitive. Together the synergy of spices is even more powerful than each spice individually. Following is a cumulative account of benefits.

Improves digestion:

Reduces bloating and aids in detoxification

Relieves gas, Improves elimination increasing transit time to prevent or alleviate constipation

Relieves heart burn, and soothes upset stomach

Fights bad breath

Increases ability to absorb vitamins, minerals and proteins – Improves overall health

Thereby Improves health in general and Slows aging process

Fights disease and builds immunity:

Relieves pain and Inflammation - Arthritis

Fights infections and viruses

Lowers blood sugar – Diabetes control

Lowers Blood Pressure – Improves Cardiovascular Health

Lowers Cholesterol

Improves Dental Health

Improves circulation

Improves Cognitive function

Protects Dental health

May reduce Cancer risk

How to Make garam masala:

There are many variations of the garam masala spice blend.indi language meaning garam

In India each region, village and household has their own traditional recipe that has been handed down through generations. The variations are as unique as are people.  The number of spices in a mix has been reported to vary from 10–32.

Spices can be selected for specific dishes, e.g. lentil soup, stews, vegetable dishes, casseroles and curries, or according to the seasons.

Traditionally, the true and best way, is to roast the whole spices before grinding them into powder. Since this can be time consuming and work intensive for our present day lifestyles, purchasing quality, fresh organic spices is a worthwhile place to begin.

You can then lightly dry-roast the spice mix at the beginning of the preparation of your dish. This allows the spices to “bloom,” setting the aromatic scene for your gustatory delight.

Recipe:

Select a combination of spices.  Experiment with different combinations and quantities.

You can even vary for different dishes or by season.

 

IndianGaram Masala:

1 Tbs. cumin

1 ½ tsp coriander

1 ½ tsp. cardamom

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp clove

½ tsp nutmeg

1 tsp fennel

1 tsp turmeric

 1 tsp mustard seed

1 ½ tsp black pepper

1 tsp chili peppers

Mix together – When use dry roast to ‘bloom’ the spices

Keep the blend in a sealed air-tight glass container, in a dark cool place.

 

Cooking with garam masala:

Garam masala can be used in an infinite number of dishes, Indian or other.

e.g. soups, stews, salads, sautes, curies, grilled foods, tapenades, deserts, patties,  eggs,

Let your creativity run free.

 

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Author, Eve Stahl, is a Health Consultant, Herbalist and Skin Care expert. She specializes in using nature’s plants to enhance the health of people and to protect the health of our planet. To achieve this purpose she has created Garden of Eve Skin Care products for sensitive skin and all skin types. You can visit her company at: www.gardenofeve.com Prospective Affiliates visit: www.gardenofeveskincare.com/affiliate-application

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