30 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Garam Masala
If you're a fan of Indian food, you're no stranger to garam masala. This well-known spice mix is the hallmark of many Southeast Asian dishes for being both versatile and flavorful! However, garam masala isn't limited to use in Indian dishes. Here are 30 delicious uses for garam masala! (See also: Are the Spices in Your Pantry Fake?)
If you find mayo delicious but a bit everyday, sprinkle in some garam masala to make your mayo spicier and all the more interesting. Then, use your mayo in everything from sandwiches to aioli to deviled eggs. When you spruce up those old mayo recipes with a dash of garam masala, and you'll look like a culinary genius to your friends and family!
For a coffee drinking experience that's a little richer, take a sprinkle of garam masala to your coffee. It'll taste fresher and spicier when you brew it, not to mention the smell of the garam masala coffee blend will be divine! (See also: Top 5 Coffeemakers)
If you're feeling a little blah about your popcorn options, you may want to shake some garam masala on your popped kernels post-butter, or forego the butter entirely. In just a sprinkle, it'll make your popcorn go from boring to brilliant!
4. Apple Butter
This apple butter with garam masala recipe is easy to follow and makes one of the best apple butters I've ever tasted. Of course, most of the recipe's secret lies in the interplay between the apples and the key spice: garam masala. Garam masala makes the apple butter all the more fall-oriented and pretty much unforgettable. (See also: 23 Uses for Apples)
5. Broccoli Soup
This broccoli soup with garam masala is super healthy and absolutely delicious! Using a delectable blend of ingredients like garam masala, creme fraiche, maple syrup, almonds, broccoli, coconut milk, and sea salt, this soup takes great, clean flavors and mixes them expertly. Pair with a crusty piece of bread, and you have your lunch or dinner! (See also: 15 Ways to Prepare Frozen Broccoli)
6. Red Lentil Soup
Garam masala is a classic solution for spicing up lentils, so it's no wonder that this red lentil masala soup recipe is such a hit. This particular red lentil soup with garam masala utilizes the seasoning deftly, showcasing the nutrient-rich lentil flavor in a unique way. (See also: Mouth Watering Lentil Recipes)
7. Afghani Chili
To expand your repertoire for international cuisines, this Afghan chili recipe will be an instant hit! It's also an affordable dish because it uses ground beef combined with garbanzo beans.
8. Baked Potatoes
Try roasting, seasoning, or stuffing your potatoes with delicious garam masala as a change of pace! This stuffed baked potato recipe is great for parties or sporting events, and incorporates cheese, onions, and other delicious ingredients to make your potato the snack to remember! (See also: 10 Reasons to Eat Potatoes)
9. Hash Browns
Hash browns are a great canvas for experimenting with garam masala! Cook them up without spices (or with minimal spices), butter, or oil. While your hash browns cook, sprinkle in garam masala to taste. Pair with a couple eggs or some creme fraiche, and you're cooking gourmet!
10. Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes and sweet potato pie never tasted so good! This roasted spiced sweet potatoes recipe certainly knows how to dress up a plain old sweet potato and give it a little wow factor. Try it for a Thanksgiving side dish, dessert, or at home for a nutritious meal!
11. Butternut Squash
There are lots of great recipes that pair garam masala with butternut squash to create a great fall dish. This roasted butternut squash soup with garam masala incorporates some other components like apples, white wine, and shallots. If you want, you can blend the ingredients to make a soup or keep them separate for a roasted side dish. Simple, cheap, and delightful — you'll never want to eat butternut squash without your garam masala again!
12. Green Beans
This simple recipe for masala green beans is great way to take green beans from everyday to excellent! With a side dish so deliciously unusual, you won't feel the pressure to do too much to your meal's other components.
When it comes to utilizing cauliflower, this roasted cauliflower masala recipe is a great way to try out your culinary capabilities. Unless your cooking goes terribly awry, the end result will be fab! (See also: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies)
15. Baingan Barta
Baingan Barta — a Punjabi-style eggplant dish — is a traditional yet simple nod to the great garam masala. Bhartas are largely North Indian in origin and made from all sorts of vegetables, mashed together. This version of Baingan Ka Bharta is super easy to make and is incredibly tasty. Serve it with your favorite Daal dish, and you'll have an Indian feast!
Garam masala is key to a good samosa. The most popular snack in India, samosa recipes should be worked, perfected, and reworked for different ingredients, spices, and proteins. This samosa recipe is a great place to start. It's especially good because it's got our friend garam masala helping out!
17. Basmati Rice
Rice is a classic, tasty and budget-friendly side dish, but finding ways to kick it up can be challenging. This garam masala basmati rice uses garam masala to jazz up — but not overpower — the side dish! Serve your garam masala rice with beans or fish for a lovely, aromatic meal.
18. Chicken Breast
This garam masala seasoned chicken breast takes your standard cooked chicken to unique places! Serve it with a side of roasted or steamed vegetables, and you've taken an everyday meal to new, flavorful levels.
19. Chicken Tikka Masala
Easy slow-cooker recipes are a great way to make a hearty meal without much fuss. This great chicken tikka masala recipe fits the bill: a simple, inexpensive ingredient list and a fun option of utilizing cucumbers to cut the meal's spice with some cool flavors and temperatures! (See also: Top 5 Slow Cookers)
20. Murgh Makhani
We've established that chicken pairs wonderfully with garam masala, but if you're looking to go a little more traditional Indian with your flavors, you might want to try this murgh makhani. It's healthy and easy to make!
21. Cornish Game Hen
If you want to wow your dinner guests, then this Cornish game hen with garam masala is the recipe for you. Cook garam masala into your game hen in a way that's both unique and cost-effective (the biggest expense is the hen!).
22. Minced Beef
This incredible minced beef with black eyed peas recipe is from Pakistan, but can be used alone, in salads, or with a starch.
This garam masala-rubbed pork is an excellent summer dish! Using the garam masala and incorporating light ingredients like raspberry juice, salad oil and chicken broth, this dish is a tasty way to do pork chops.
24. Gingerbread Cookies
Try including garam masala into your dessert dishes. This chocolate masala gingerbread recipe is just different enough to impress but not so much that it hurts the dessert's traditional flavor profiles.
If you want to take your garam masala into the realm of sweet, this garam masala cupcake recipe should be your first priority! The batter is easy to make, and the cream cheese frosting is a perfect compliment to the cupcake's flavor. Delicious! (See also: Ultra-Quick Homemade Desserts)
26. Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Add some garam masala into a chocolate zucchini bread recipe, and you'll deepen the chocolate's presence in the recipe. As someone who never really liked zucchini bread (I tend to find it dry, not super flavorful), adding garam masala and chocolate has definitely made me a fan!
This brown sugar shortbread with garam masala recipe is extremely simple and fun. Cut with your favorite cookie cutters, and you'll have quite the holiday treat!
28. Carrot Pudding
Carrot pudding (or "gajar ka halwa," as its traditionally called) is light on calories (for a dessert) but rich on flavor. This simple recipe garnishes the already delectable dish with cashews. Delicious!
29. Apple Crisp
Have some leftover apples that you're dying to make into something delicious? Apple crisp is a good idea, but apple crisp with garam masala is an even better idea! Take your crisp to the next level.
30. Aam Panna
This Indian, mango-based drink is great for summer! Served chilled, the sour yet refreshing mix of mangoes, pepper, mint, and our friend garam masala make it a good choice for a picnic or barbeque. For a fun garnish, add a sprig of mint on top!
What's your favorite way to enjoy garam masala?