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Spice Trivia: Our Age Old Garam Masala

Every household in India has their own Garam Masala mix. The mix is basically a combination of aromatic spices consisting of coriander, cumin, cardamom, green cardamom, fennel, star anise, fennel, bay leaves, mace, nutmeg, mustard seeds, cinnamon, caraway, clove and other combination whichever the household or the kitchen wants it.

The combination of these spices and making a concoction has been clearly mentioned in Ayurveda. It is interesting to know that the mix helps in improving metabolism by inducing heat in the body thus it has a nomenclature – Garam Masala. There are many individuals those who avoid because they think it is heat inducing and for some it does not suit their palate..

The mix helps as an appetizer, (Jal Jeera – though this has different mix as per the ratio is concerned). Bay leaves, cumin and cloves help in controlling acidity.  On the whole, the mix helps in breaking down the food as it produces certain digestive enzymes.

The mix is vegetarian in character thus it provides phytonutrients which in turn boosts metabolism. This gives you high energy level, burns fat, and helps in losing weight but if you have low metabolism this cannot happen. This high energy level is a deterrent to fat and weight gain. 

Garam Masala is full of antioxidants thus it takes care of our skin and inflammation. It also helps in removing toxins from the major organs of the body. Intake of this mix with food helps fight bacteria responsible for bad odours emanating from the mouth.

This mix is full body protector package. To make this mix we are listing out the ingredients for your reference.  One can try different ratio depending on the palate.

Ingredients: Coriander seeds: 4TBS, Cumin: 3TBS, Cloves: 1TBS, Cardamom: 6 nos, Green Cardamom: 12 nos, Mace: one flower, Nutmeg: 1 nos, Bay leaves: 3 nos, Star anise: 2 nos, Caraway seeds: ½ TSP, Black Pepper: 3TSP and Salt: ½ TSP. Fry the spices on a pan cool it down and grind to a fine powder. Bottle it & seal and store it in the fridge to be used in the future. 

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