If you enjoy Indian cuisine, you must be familiar with garam masala. Wondering how to use this warm Indian spice blend? Here are 21+ amazing recipes with garam masala that you can make for dinner tonight.
Indian meals are not complete without the addition of wonderful spices. And garam masala is one of the most popular spice blends used in India. Several spices are combined to make Garam Masala.
What is Garam Masala?
In Hindi, Garam means “warm”, and Masala is basically a “blend of spices.” So Garam Masala translates to the warm spice blend.
Garam Masala is typically made by combining – cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black peppercorns, ginger, and nutmeg. The whole spices are toasted until fragrant and then blended to make garam masala.
It can also be used to flavor meats in marinades and rubs. Check out this recipe for Indian tandoori marinade.
Let’s look at the popular Indian recipes where you can use garam masala.
Punjabi Chole or Chana Masala is the favorite Indian chickpea curry. This healthy vegan and gluten-free curry is enjoyed with naan or fried Indian puffed bread called poori. It is the perfect way to cozy up on a cold evening.
If you like potatoes, this will be your new favorite – Bombay Potatoes or Masala Aloo. Baby Potatoes are cooked with aromatic spices as a one-pot dish. They are perfect for serving as an appetizer or a side dish.
Butter Chicken is the most popular Indian dish worldwide. Chicken cooked in mildly spiced tomato gravy with aromatic ginger, garlic, and spices.
This dish is a great way to delve into Indian cooking, as it is mild but still has a wonderful flavor with the addition of garam masala. Serve with naan or rice.
This Tandoori Gobi Tikka is so flavorful, golden, and crispy. It is tossed with a spiced yogurt marinade and roasted in the oven or air fryer. The whole family will love this easy and healthy cauliflower appetizer!
This Indian chicken and rice dish is popular all over the world.
This one-pot Chicken Biryani has fragrant rice cooked with tender, juicy chicken along with lots of warming spices and caramelized onions.
Made with earthy mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and aromatic spices, this Mushroom Masala Curry is a wonderful warm weeknight dinner that can be made in just 30 minutes.
These smoky Tandoori chicken wings are marinated in Indian spices and yogurt and grilled to perfection.
Chicken Tikka Masala is a super flavorful and aromatic Indian chicken curry made with marinated tender chicken cooked in a creamy sauce.
One of the favorite dishes to order at Indian restaurants. Once you make it at home, you will not consider take-out again!
Fragrant basmati rice cooked with lots of vegetables and aromatic whole spices and herbs.
Vegetable Biryani has all the goodness of biryani but is made healthier and vegetarian. Pair with cooling cucumber raita for a well-balanced meal.
A simple and delicious veggie stir fry, perfect for weeknights – Aloo Gobi.
Aloo is Potato, and gobi is Cauliflower, so this is a Potatoes & Cauliflower Stir Fry cooked with onion and tomato, along with aromatic spices such as turmeric & garam masala.
This restaurant-style creamy vegetable korma curry is a perfect blend of vegetables with a creamy coconut-based sauce. A vegan & gluten-free curry that pairs perfectly with naan or rice.
Spinach Dal, popularly called Dal Palak in India, is a comforting lentil soup with spinach mixed in it for extra nutrition.
It is so easy to make it in the pressure cooker. A little garam masala at the end elevates the flavors of the dal. Enjoy it with basmati rice or as a soup.
A North Indian favorite made with spinach and firm cottage cheese, Palak Paneer.
The one-pot recipe for Palak Paneer can be made in 20 minutes and is super easy and just as delicious as the traditional version.
Keema Curry is one of the most popular Indian & Pakistani dishes made with ground meat. It is an easy one-pot dish that can be made in just 30 minutes.
Keema or minced meat (goat, chicken, lamb, or beef) is cooked with onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, and aromatic spices, to make the most flavorful Keema recipe.
This Paneer Frankie Roll, also known as Paneer Kathi Rolls, is a popular Indian street food made with flaky flatbread, covered with egg, and wrapped with spicy paneer and tangy toppings.
Perfect for packing for a grab-and-go meal or a special weeknight meal.
This Salmon Tikka Masala is super flavorful, warm, and creamy, perfect for satisfying those curry cravings.
Marinated salmon steamed along with tikka masala sauce in the pressure cooker. Pair it with basmati rice or naan for a comforting meal.
The vegetarian version of Tikka Masala, made with paneer, is just as amazing as the meat version.
Paneer Tikka Masala is a flavorful and aromatic curry made with marinated and grilled paneer cubes simmered in a rich onion tomato gravy and warm spices.
This North Indian Potato Curry is popularly known as Aloo Rasedar. Aloo means potato, and Rasedar is a thin tomato-based gravy.
It is typically paired with puffed Indian bread, called puri. It is a budget-friendly meal that the whole family enjoys.
Aloo Asparagus is a flavorful, spiced, and tasty Indian-inspired dish made with asparagus and potatoes.
Super quick and simple, this Indian Asparagus stir-fry is made with some basic spices and tastes absolutely delicious.
Rajma Masala is an Indian Red Kidney Bean Curry, a favorite comfort food enjoyed with rice in Northern India.
Kidney beans are cooked with onions, tomatoes, and aromatic spices to make this vegan and gluten-free curry.
You’ll fall in love with this Creamy Vegan Curried Pumpkin Soup. This flavorful soup is made with coconut milk and flavored with warming spices. It is perfect for warming you up on a chilly day!
Spinach Rice is a wonderful one-pot side dish. Aromatic basmati rice is cooked with spinach and spices to make this Spinach Rice flavorful and healthy!
A flavorful and aromatic Pakistani chicken curry made with chicken, earthy spices and fresh ginger.
This restaurant-style chicken curry is perfect to pair with naan or roti. It is so delicious you’ll want to dig in and relish every last bite!
Typically, garam masala is added halfway through or right at the end of cooking as a garnish to improve a dish’s flavor. You only need a small amount because of its strong flavor. It’s a great finishing spice.
Garam Masala means “warm spices,” but it definitely doesn’t mean they’re hot/ spicy. Garam Masala is highly aromatic and has a subtle sweetness with an earthy undertone. It enhances the overall taste of the food.
Again, it depends on which region it is made in. Some garam masalas will be spicy, while others may be zesty.
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