What is in Garam Masala?
There is no standard recipe for garam masala, so tasting different blends can be quite a culinary journey of discovery!
Typically the commercial blends will include a mix of cumin, coriander, cardamon, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in different variations. Specialty versions of the spice may include some other ingredients however, such as star anise, fennel seed, turmeic and mustard too!
What does it taste like?
This depends on the blend, it is a fragrant spice as well as flavoursome and you can expect a mixture of warmth, sweetness, floral notes and a touch of heat.
The essence of the spice mix is one of warmth and not heat.