What’s in your masala?
Spice blends or masalas make our dals, curries, subzis, gravies, chaats and biryanis come alive! The vibrant spices promise bags of flavour. Additionally, they greatly accentuate your gastronomic style, lend noteworthy health benefits and help economize on time as well. Whether you have a penchant for mildly spicy or red-hot pungent, there are loads of masalas to choose from, that add a kick to your meals.
The ingredients in a masala tend to differ according to its region of origin, as well as the chef's fondness for certain spices. You’ll discover that various cultures have their own school of thought on masala recipes. Let’s explore 5 often used spice blends and understand the remarkable uses of spices.
5 super spice blends
• Garam masala: The hearty flavour of the garam masala is absolutely bang-on! This Indian cooking staple is loved for its wonderful fragrance and its outstanding health benefits. One of the uses of its spices is that it helps boost metabolism and each spice present in the blend proffers noteworthy health benefits. The garam masala draws its aroma from an amalgamation of – jeera (cumin), saunf (fennel), Pepper, Chili, Mace, Star anise, Ginger Powder, Fenugreek (leaves), Coriander (seeds and leaves), Cloves, Hing, and Bay leaves. The blend brings warmth and heartiness to every dish!
• Paneer masala:This spice blend can literally convert a dish from drab to fab and it guarantees to serve up some serious scrumptiousness! The paneer masala and cottage cheese is truly a match made in heaven.This masala provides loads of complexity and richness to Paneer Butter Masala, Paneer Makhanwala, Paalak Paneer, Tawa Paneer and practically all paneer recipes. It is a warming, aromatic, full-bodied masala that packs in unimaginable amounts of flavor in to your paneer recipes – an out-and-out pantry must-have! The blend of – coriander, dehydrated onion and garlic, star anise and cardamom may help achieve good cholesterol levels! What’s more, some of the uses of spices from these blends are battling infections, thwarting inflammations and keeping your digestive system in top-notch condition.
• Kitchen King masala: The Kitchen King masala can be your BFF in the kitchen! The spices in this blend provide some super pizzazz to even the blandest of dishes. The spicy punch from amchur, allspice and mace work well with the chilli, cinnamon and ginger; and these vivid additions to a recipe take the flavor profile to a whole new level. Furthermore, sprinkling the masala into curries and gravies provides benefits beyond just fragrance and taste.
• Chhole masala: The flavor and fragrance of the Chhole Masala is to die for! The spice blend and chickpeas team up very well and make your taste buds go wild! A little spicy, a little zesty, and a lot delish, this masala comprises of – cumin, amchur, anardana, black pepper, mace, fenugreek and mint. The chana are the perfect canvas and absorb all the amazing flavors. This fabulous masala is bound to make a huge impression on your dish and will have you making it again and again and yet again.
• Pav bhaji masala: This super quick, wholesome (minus the blob of butter!) meal is a combination of lots of vegetables and amazingly unforgettable flavours! Crafted by master chef Sanjeev Kapoor, Tata Sampann Pav Bhaji Masala is made from whole spices and contains a magic ingredient - dagad phool which adds a zesty and earthy flavour to the masala, and guarantees street-style pav bhaji at home! The fresh veggies, lots of coriander and plenty of lime juice make for a really hearty meal which will become your go-to meal! The spices can help manage GI problems, fight off infections, manage arthritis and also facilitate weight loss; so the pav bhaji is a lip-smacking meal which helps to reach your health goal!
Blending multiple condiments, spices and aromatics together takes the taste of a dish through the roof, not to mention amping up on the wholesomeness factor and keeping your health on point. So, go right ahead and stock these spice blends in your pantry. Remember, be wary when buying masalas - read the labels carefully, purchase pure spices with natural oils and ensure that your masala does not contain any chemicals and fillers.
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