How To Make Garam Masala

garam masala ingredients

In today’s post I will be covering Garam Masala Powder. It’s the essential spice in most Indian dishes. It’s a blend of various dry spices to achieve a fragrant pungent floral note. Indian curries, use this powder as a finishing touch to give it a punch of flavor.  Garam in hindi means hot, not necessarily referring to the spiciness of the powder but to the intensity.

All the above ingredients are dried whole spices. Some of the ingredients used might seem foreign, but I assure you a nearby Indian store will carry all these ingredients.  Now most generic grocery stores have an Indian section, so check that out too.  Dry whole spices are used because of their long shelf life; being whole and not broken down to powder keeps the flavor intact.  Dry roasting the spices awakens and releases the essential oils, and gives the powder a slight nutty flavor…. 

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Easy Lemon Garlic Sauce

garlic sauce

Today’s post is all about garlic sauce, which is the favorite condiment in our household. We top baked chicken, kebabs, and sandwiches, pan seared fish and roasted potatoes with it.  I usually have a batch in the fridge; it stays fresh for 2 weeks or so.

My husband is the one that introduced me to garlic sauce. In Saudi Arabia it’s a common condiment with broasted chicken (deep fried chicken cooked in a pressurized fryer). I did some research on what garlic sauce is and how to make it.  Garlic sauce is derived from Middle Eastern origin, used to top everything similar to how Americans use ketchup…. 

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