Punjabi garam masala _ easy food smith

Yes my friends, another post on Indian spices and this one is on curry essentials. Chicken marinades for bbq However, this one is a special feature/ guest post for ‘The Society’, an online lifestyle magazine dedicated to young and modern South Asian generation. Chicken marinades Founded by two lovely young ladies, Nisha and Pankita, the portal has a wonderful mix of traditional with modern.

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“Think of an Indian kitchen without spices. Chicken marinades for grilling Yeah, the thought itself is inconceivable. Heart of chicken They are the soul of Indian food. How to cook liver of chicken Spices are to Indians what cheese is to the French. Butter chicken masala indian recipe Spices are not just an inextricable part of Indian food they are also a pertinent part of its history. Spicy chicken masala curry We are what we are today because of the spices and how they changed the course of our history. Hyderabadi chicken masala curry Spices have been used in the Indian food for times unknown. Easy chicken masala curry One would be naive to think of Indian spices as simply aromatics; they are packed with health benefits and even used in medicines for their therapeutic value.

There is a huge array of spices that line the shelf of an Indian kitchen. Chicken masala curry recipe Spices can be used whole, ground, toasted or fried – depending on how much strength of flavor is required for a particular recipe. Indian chicken masala curry Each treatment lends a different tone and character to the spice. How to make chicken masala curry The spice can be the fruit, leaf, flower, bark, root or even resin of a plant. Chicken masala tikka recipe Spices are potent little bombs and need to be used judiciously.

There is a huge range of spices (black cardamoms to saffron) that are used in an Indian kitchen however I will walk you through Indian spices and spice blends that are a must for any Indian curry and also lentil soups & legume preparations; call them curry essentials if you may.

Cumin (Jeera) is the most commonly used amongst all spices. Eastern chicken masala powder It has earthy flavors that are suited well for curries. Homemade chicken masala powder The seeds can be added to the oil and fried in the beginning of making a curry or roasted & ground and added towards the end of a curry dish. Tandoori chicken masala powder recipe It aids in digestion and interestingly this spice makes for a refreshing Indian cooler i.e. Chicken masala powder recipe the Jal Jeera that can be served as an appetizer or digestive.

The nutty Mustard Seeds (Rai/ Sarson) has many uses in an Indian kitchen. Chicken masala powder ingredients The black variety is more commonly used than the yellow one and also happens to be stronger in its taste. How to make chicken masala powder The yellow ones are generally used to make curry while the black one is used for tempering. Butter chicken masala powder These seeds are also used in Indian pickles. Chicken masala in slow cooker Mustard seeds are packed with B-complex vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Chicken tikka masala slow cooker They are also used to make the pungent mustard oil which is extensively used across many Indian states. Chicken masala slow cooker recipe To get rid of its pungent aroma and taste, the oil is heated and smoked in a pan before using it for curries. Chicken masala crock pot recipe It helps take the taste of the curry quite a few notches up and adds that extra zing to it. Chicken marsala with mushrooms recipe Many people prefer using this oil to massage their scalp as it stimulates hair growth.

Then of course are the Red Chillies (Lal Mirch). Chicken masala recipe They can be used whole or ground or both and the heat is dependent on the variety of chili being used and whether or not the seeds have been ground along with the dried chili skin. Chicken marsala It is the seeds that add heat to the chili powder. How to make chicken masala indian style The Kashmiri red chili powder adds a mild heat along with a nice reddish color to the dish. Chicken tikka masala indian style But generally it is the hot ones that are loved most by the Indian palate since we love our curries piquant.

Turmeric (Haldi) is perhaps one of those spices that are used extensively for their medicinal value. Chicken marinades with honey However, it needs to be used in small amount else it can make the dish taste bitter. Asian chicken marinades for grilling A paste made from turmeric and sandal wood is applied to the bride and groom a few days before marriage to make their skin glow and also because it has antiseptic properties. Simple chicken marinades for grilling Adding just one fourth teaspoon to a glass of hot milk helps keep cold and flu at bay and aids wellbeing.

Coriander seeds are the much loved spice of the Punjabi community and are used essentially in savories. Easy chicken marinades for grilling It is used in curries mostly in powdered form although to certain curries they are added whole. Bbq chicken marinades recipes This spice has earthy and slightly citrusy notes to it and is a powerhouse of benefits. Best chicken marinades recipes They not just aid in digestion but happen to be good for diabetics and help lower LDL cholesterol level. Healthy chicken marinades recipes They are also a rich source of minerals.

Asafetida (Heeng) is most likely the most unfamiliar of all spices however it is commonly used amongst the Indian populace. Baked chicken marinades recipes It is a resin spice that has earned for itself the notorious reputation of being stinky. Great chicken marinades recipes However, when fried in hot oil, it goes from stinky to aromatic to being fabulous. Best chicken marinades for grilling It is mostly used for tempering lentils & beans and at times even vegetables. Healthy chicken marinades for grilling It is revered by some, for its medicinal value. Easy chicken marinades recipes It is super potent and just a sparing pinch goes a long way. Healthy chicken marinades for baking Asafoetida is known for its digestive and anti-flatulence properties.

Now, just imagine a spice blend of coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cinnamon, bay leaf, black peppercorns, green cardamom, black cardamom, cloves, nutmeg and mace. Best chicken marinades for baking THIS is Garam Masala. Chicken egg diagram for kids Aromatic isn’t it?! Now you know why this spice blend is indispensable for an Indian cook, professional or otherwise. Chicken easy meals The number of spices and their amount used varies from state to state. Chicken easy crock pot recipes Also, each family will have its own recipe for this spice blend; one that is usually handed down generations.

Another spice mix that deserves a mention is the Chaat Masala. Chicken easy to digest This spice mix is extensively used in Indian street food dishes. Chicken easy dinner Chaat means to lick and this is an extremely versatile, slightly hot, tangy, earthy, salty, pungent spice mix that has umpteen usages. Chicken easy recipes However, this spice blend is used more like a condiment and rarely used in curries. Heart of the chicken This spice mix comprising of dried mint, rock salt, dry mango powder, cumin besides a little chili powder and asafetida. Chicken marinades for the bbq Like many other magical spices this one too aids in digestion. Best chicken marinades for bbq Use it to line the glass rim of your Bloody Mary or add a dash to a bowl of fresh garden salad or fritters or perhaps corn on cob. Chicken garam masala curry recipe Get creative and bring in this spice mix to your kitchen. Chicken tandoori masala curry recipe Life will never be same again!

a) Always buy fresh spices, preferably organic, and store them in air tight jars at a cool dry place. Spicy chicken masala curry recipe Most spices lose their flavor and aroma with passage of time so buy them in less quantity so you can finish your batch well within the expiry period.

b) Similarly make small batches of spice blends so you can finish them off before they lose their punch.

c) In a bid to gain most out of spices, don’t go on an overdrive. Chicken tikka masala curry recipe A little goes a long way. Indian chicken masala curry recipe Too much of them and you have lost the plot.

And last but not the least, chuck away those store brought spice mixes. How to make chicken tikka masala curry Make your own spice blends; they are a breeze to make and happen to be way better than the store brought ones.

Check out these two posts dedicated to spices used in Indian cuisine. Is chicken easy to digest – Spices (Part I) & Spices (Part II)

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This post was long overdue, especially, considering that I have done two detailed posts last year on the commonly used spices in an Indian kitchen (check here for Part I and Part II ). Simple chicken marinades for baking It somehow always took the back seat amongst the other posts. Chicken easy dinner recipes It was high time that I uploaded this post since garam masalahappens to be the most quintessential amongst all spice mixes that have carved a place for themselves on the Indian kitchen shelves.

The blend is common to the Indian subcontinent, with slight variations of course. Chicken plucker drill attachment But first, let us understand what the name Garam Masala denotes. Chicken plucker fingers Garam in the Hindi language means hot and masala means spice/ spice blend. Chicken plucker machine The blend of the spices, each with its own unique characteristic and therapeutic value, lends its flavour to the garam masala spice mix. Chicken plucker video Most of these spices have a warm effect on the body. Chicken plucker Rather each has its own health benefit for the body when added in a small amount, as in the garam masala.

It is always easier and convenient to grab the garama masala pack from the store, however, to enjoy the robust and truly aromatic flavors of the garam masala, I suggest you grind your own at home and transcend to spice heaven! You will note a huge difference in the taste of your curries J You absolutely need to ensure that you use the freshest available spices. Chicken plucker plans Check my previous two posts ( here & here) to understand the characteristics and benefits of these spices and how to check for their freshness.

Every family has its own spice blend; the key ingredients are more or less the same with some variations in quantities. Chicken plucker youtube Since the home made one is stronger in its aromas, a little goes a long way as compared to the store brought ones. Chicken plucker parts Also, it depends on the kind of dish the garam masala is being used for. Chicken pluckers for sale A hearty meat dish or curry may require a generous pinch of garam masala while vegetables or fish need just a subtle hint to ensure that the flavors of both, the dish and the garam masala shine through in a harmony. Homemade chicken masala powder recipe Rest, it depends on individual preference how much amount of garam masala one prefers in a curry, dal (lentils) or other dishes.

My memories of the garam masala made by Mum are that of keeping the whole spices covered with a muslin cloth out in the sun for ‘drying’ and then grinding them with a mortar and pestle; the traditional way. Chicken crock pot easy meals You, however, can use the spice or coffee grinder to do the job.

Note: Ground spices tend to lose their flavor and aroma if kept for long. Chicken breast easy meals I usually make small batch, as this one, to ensure that I always get to use spices that are packed with flavours. Chicken tikka masala slow cooker recipe the shelf life is maximum 2-3 months depending on weather and storage.

Note : I would advise to use 2-3 tsp of garam masala in robust curries and 1 to ? tsp in mild curries or lentils or soups. Chicken and rice easy casserole (update: the amount of garam masala will depend on the amount of curry or lentil)

Note: A word of caution – too much garam masala in your food can be pretty over powering so use less amount initially so that you can adjust the amount later accordingly to suit your taste.

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