The use of spices in any dish gives the best results only when the aroma and potency of these ingredients is maintained. These are natural products hence need to be taken proper care. These should be stored in proper containers so that these get the adequate conditions where their quality and authenticity is not distorted. To retain the ethnic taste and fragrance of these condiments these must be used as whole spices. Even if you wish to add these to your dish in the ground or powdered form then you should use the raw spices and grind them just few minutes before actually preparing the meal. Moreover, the use of preservatives to retain the freshness and potency of the condiments makes them less vibrant and these easily lose their inherent flavor. Such methods also reduce their durability and deteriorate their original texture.
Which Natural Herbs are Included in Garam Masala Spice?
Garam Masala does not refer to “hot” spice as implied by its literal meaning rather it is a unique blend of many natural herbs. It is categorized as sweet curry powder. Garam masala spices are combination of several natural herbs but this mixture is not any standard combination and differs from one region to another. But the major constituents are same in all regions which include cumin, black, green and brown cardamom, cloves, long pepper, bay leaves, nutmeg, mace, star anise etc. It is used in very small quantities and either fried in the beginning of cooking or used at the end to give a subtle flavour to the dish. If used in excess then it may overpower the required taste of the dish. Garam masala in the ground form does not remain fresh in taste and aroma for longer duration. It is advisable to use raw spices to prepare this mixture so that the authentic taste is maintained for longer span of time.
Garam masala spices are a special blend of the most exquisite natural herbs that impart a distinct pungent fragrance and amorphous texture. It is added to curries, vegetable dishes, soups, stews etc. towards the end of cooking or sprinkled just before serving. It is used in an array of cuisines such as chicken kurma, Roghan josh, dal makhani and many more. It can be added to savor fish curry, chicken butter masala, marinade for mutton etc. Due to the presence of cloves and pepper, it is used to improve several digestive complaints and immune functions.
Constituents of Chana Masala Powder
Chana masala powder is a combination of some select condiments such as bay leaves, mustard seeds, coriander seeds, chillies, pomegranate seeds, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, pepper corns etc. It can be prepared at home or bought from any physical store. To prepare it at home you need to follow certain very simple steps which include dry roasting of all the condiments at low flame and then grinding the contents in a grinder. It is basically used to prepare Punjabi chhole, Kabuli chane or in chick peas gravy.
It can be inferred from above that using spice in their whole form is better in order to obtain the innate fragrance and flavour without compromising with the quality. Packaged spices are powdered or formulated forms and contain certain preservatives that hamper the original taste and aroma of these natural products.