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Common in Bangladesh, Indian and Pakistan cuisines Garam Masala is a general-purpose Indian seasoning. A traditional ingredient in Indian dahl, kormas, samosas and tandoori, Indian cooks use it primarily to flavor meat and poultry. Garam Masala originated in northern India and is also known as masala curry or masala curry powder. As with many regional seasoning blends around the globe the exact ingredients in Garam Masala will vary according to region, village/city and family. Without the constraints of a standard recipe, this blend can be made by each individual family to suit their own tastes.
While there is no concrete recipe for the “perfect” garam masala, you will find that there are some key common ingredients, it is only in the proportions where there is a true difference. The spices you will find in Garam Masala will almost always include black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves. These give the blend pungency, but not punchy heat. “Garam” means “hot” and “masala” means “spices.” Hot spices refers to the warming affect of the spices, not the spiciness. While this is typically not a “spicy” blend, you may find that the further south you go into India, the more likely it becomes that red pepper flakes are part of the blend. Southern Indian cuisine tends to be a bit more spicy than Northern Indian cuisines in general.
Our Garam Masala was crafted to reflect the standard common ingredients, with a few additional spices we found frequently in recipes across multiple sources for this delicious blend. While there are many different versions of this blend, there is no one version that is considered more authentic than the next. Some Garam Masalas you may encounter are a paste, not a powdery spice blend at all! It just depends on who the cook is!
This salt-free blend contains: Black pepper, cumin, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and saffron.
In September of 2019 our Chef/Owner, David Humphrey, started A&H Provisions to help bring a local option for spices to the Atlanta, Georgia area. An option that will give local residents the ability to have a spice merchant help them make the right choices when purchasing their spices. We will source our product so as to provide you with freshest product possible.
Chef David has been in the culinary industry for over 25 years. His first job was at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. After that he was hooked on the industry. He would continue to work with food whether it was in the back or front of house, in positions from entry level to managerial. In 2010, Chef David enrolled in culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Chicago and then graduated in March of 2012 with an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. He then began working at fine dining restaurants in Chicago, amongst them were, Bistro Bordeaux, Fork and A10. In 2016, He moved to Lawrenceville, Georgia and began working at restaurants there, then eventually switched over to Private Chef work before starting A&H Provisions.
At A&H Provisions, we have the belief that making great food starts with a solid FOUNDATION. Our spices provide that foundation for ultimate FLAVOR, which will give you the greatest tasting FOOD for you and your family.