Garam Masala Chicken

If you love spices in your cooking, you may want to consider using Garam Masala. A popular spice blend used in Northern India and parts of South East Asia, garam masala means “warm spice mix.” As the name implies, it...

If you love spices in your cooking, you may want to consider using Garam Masala. A popular spice blend used in Northern India and parts of South East Asia, garam masala means “warm spice mix.” As the name implies, it is a balance of aromatic spices, with their distinctive yet complementing richness that makes garam masala a crowd favorite.

But what makes this spice blend so special? It’s all in the spices used and the kinds of spices used differ from region to region. The cook, of course, is free to take some liberty in selecting the spices that go in the blend. Typically, garam masala includes black and white peppercorns, mace, cinnamon, brown and green cardamom, nutmeg, cloves and cumin. These spices are roasted to release flavor before they’re ground until fine.

There are many ways to use garam masala. Here’s one way: using it to add pomp and splendor to chicken.

Garam Masala Chicken Stew

Garam Masala Chicken Stew
Garam Masala Chicken Stew

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 thumb of ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup of tomato paste
  • 1 cup of coconut milk (or 1 cup of low-fat yogurt)
  • 1 tbs of garam masala spice
  • 1 tbs of curry powder (optional)
  • ½ tsp of salt

Directions:

  1. In a chef's pan (or any deep frying pan), add enough oil to coat pan.
  2. Add garlic, onion and ginger and sauté until fragrant.
  3. Add chicken pieces, chopped red bell pepper and season with salt, curry powder and garam masala.
  4. Mix well and add tomato paste and coconut milk.
  5. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to simmer for about 30 minutes or until liquid thickens.
  6. Add more salt if needed.
  7. Dish it out and serve with Basmati rice, chapati or naan.

The wonder of garam masala doesn’t stop with this chicken dish. It can be used in a variety of ways from marinating meats, to flavoring soups and stews to using it in salad dressings. You can also sprinkle garam masala on foods to enhance taste, such as sprinkling it on steamed vegetables. Its versatility makes this spice blend a must-have in the kitchen.

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