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Garam Masala

Garam masala has a heating effect on the body and is believed to increase the body temperature. This heating effect aids digestion and removal of body toxins. It also improves the blood circulation in the body supplying oxygen at the right time in adequate amounts to all parts of the body. This is quite beneficial for the health. It is recommended to have a cup of garam masala tea before heavy workout sessions.

Garam masala also prevents cancer and keeps the cholesterol level of the body in control. It has anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties.

Read on to know more!

Product Description

Garam masala is a Hindi word that translates to hot mixture in English. It is typically made by blending a number of spices such as coriander, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf, mace, peppercorns (black and white both) and cardamom pods (black and green both). It is supposed to bring six types of tastes to mouth when it is added to the cuisine. A pinch of this masala elevates flavour and aroma of any curries, stews, vegetables, soups, lentils and various meaty delicacies too.

The ingredients, however, vary regionally across India. Other variations may also include saffron, turmeric, garlic, ginger, fennel seeds, star anise, mustard seeds, mace, tamarind and fenugreek.

In the northern part of the country, garam masala is usually used in the powder form whereas, in South India, it is often made into a paste with coconut milk, vinegar or water.

Although packaged garam masala is easily available in the markets, the freshly blended spices have a distinct flavour to them. You can yourself blend them well and store the ground mixture in an air tight container. Powdered spices have a relatively long shelf life given they are stored properly.

Garam masala has a heating effect on the body and is believed to increase the body temperature. This heating effect aids digestion and removal of body toxins. It also improves the blood circulation in the body supplying oxygen at the right time in adequate amounts to all parts of the body. This is quite beneficial for the health. It is recommended to have a cup of garam masala tea before heavy workout sessions.

Garam masala also prevents cancer and keeps the cholesterol level of the body in control. It has anti-oxidative and anti- inflammatory properties. Read about more of its health benefits in detail in the sections that follow.

Ingredients:

Garam Masala- 1/2 cup

  • 1/4 cup coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 2 tsp cardamom seeds
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds

 

Process:

  1. Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and toast over medium-low heat until fragrant. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  2. Grind to a fine powder using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle.

 

Source: http://sheenascott.com/buying-and-storing-spices-spice-blends/

For a Serving Size of 1 Tbsp (10g)
Calories 30 Calories from Fat 9(30%)
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
Sodium 15mg 1%
Carbohydrates 7g
Net carbs 3g
Sugar 0g
Fiber 4g 16%
Protein 1g
Vitamins and minerals
Fatty acids
Amino acids
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs.

 

 

Source: https://www.eatthismuch.com/food/view/garam-masala,441522/

  • Good for the digestive system:

Garam masala raises the consumer’s body temperature which in turn increases metabolism. This hastens digestion and prevents constipation by getting rid of toxins resulting from an inadequate digestive fire.

 

  • Controls cholesterol level:

The typical ingredients of garam masala – cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves – help in regulating the cholesterol level of the body.

 

  • Prevention of cancer:

Garam masala prevents cancer by detoxifying the body. This is obvious since the ingredients are cancer-fighting agents themselves. Some pieces of animal research have demonstrated that garam masala consumption reduces tumour occurrences.

 

  • Good for the body’s immune system:

Garam masala improves the body’s immunity. It helps to cure common problems like cold and fever. If someone is suffering from common cold, a cup of garam masala tea can flush out phlegm from the body and also help in treating chest congestion.

 

  • Prevents premature ageing:

Adding garam masala to one’s diet flushes out toxins from the body. It increases the blood flow to different parts of the body which means increased oxygen resulting in the slowdown of the ageing process.

 

  • Reduces weight:

Garam masala gives heat to the body and results in sweating, burning off the excess fat in the body and reducing weight.

 

  • Promotes hair growth:

Since garam masala increases blood flow to the scalp, hair follicles get activated and hair growth is boosted.

 

  • Improves the overall health:

Apart from being an antidiabetic, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, cardiovascular disease-lowering and lipid-lowering compound, cinnamon in Garam masala has also been reported to have activities against serious neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Sources:

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/is-garam-masala-good-for-health/#gref

https://www.lybrate.com/topic/garam-masala-benefits-,-side-effects-and-recipe

https://draxe.com/garam-masala/

If ingredients like pepper are added in huge proportions, garam masala might cayse side effects like skin itching and rashes or burning of the mouth.

Excess consumption may also cause bloating, diarrhea and vomiting in some people.

However, the benefits outweigh the side effects.

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