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Pure Indian Foods' Whole DIY Garam Masala is the best version of this Indian spice blend that we have tasted—plus, the most bold and aromatic, since the spices are not pre-ground. Instead, you can keep the spice mix in your pantry without it losing any potency; simply grind the whole bottle when you're ready to use garam masala. (Grind all the spices at once to retain the balanced flavor.) The company's unique blend, based on a family recipe, has a more complex flavor and aroma than other varieties. A base of black peppercorns, cumin, delicate Ceylon cinnamon, ginger and cloves provides an aromatic spicy foundation, along with two types of cardamom pods: minty, citrusy green cardamom and smokier black cardamom. Additionally, Pure Indian Foods uses hard-to-find organic mace—the outer coating of nutmeg that has a more floral flavor and basil-citrus aroma—and woody yet brightly piquant long pepper, which is essential to Indian cooking but harder to source due to its labor-intensive harvest methods.
Sprinkle Pure Indian Foods' Whole DIY Garam Masala on simple baked chicken breast or salmon fillet for a quick and flavorful entree, or use it on roasted vegetables, especially squash or sweet potatoes. We especially love this garam masala with popcorn, either sprinkled directly over it or in a version of tarka, an Indian technique for blooming spices in hot fat: Coarsely grind the spices or crush them with a mortar and pestle, then toast in butter. The tarka also works great over lentils, potatoes or greens. On the sweet side, try 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala instead of the cinnamon, cardamom and ginger in our Chocolate-Almond Spice Cookies for extra spice—its intense aroma will add a next-level warmth and complexity to any spiced dessert.
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