We asked an experienced Indian chef to create his own personal blend of spices so that we could give our Bangalore Lentil Daal soup an authentic hint of India; both the traditions and the flavours that reflect this incredible country. Throughout India, one of the most commonly used spices is called Garam Masala and we knew that this was the flavour we needed.
Before he put together his own traditional blend of herbs, spices and experience, he gave us some information about this Indian national treasure.
The word "Garam" translates to mean "heat" but this isn't about how spicy the mixture is. Instead, it is about how this aromatic blend of spices warms the body. And the word Masala simply means "a blend of spices".
There is no singular, agreed mixture of herbs and spices which constitutes a definitive masala; however, it usually comprises of:
- Black or white peppercorns
- Cumin seeds
- Coriander seeds
- Any number of added ingredients
The exact recipe is contested all over India, with no region being able to lay claim to “authentic” Garam Masala.
Each spice in the blend is chosen for both the flavour it adds to the mixture and dish, but also for its medicinal value. Herbs and spices have long been a part of Indian cooking, and each family has their own family medicine that will be passed down from generation to generation. So this traditional blend of ingredients is not only delicious, it's good for you too!
If you're looking for an authentic taste of India which is steeped in tradition and heritage, look no further than our SkinnyLicious Bangalore Lentil Daal soup. This rich, low-fat toor daal and chickpea soup is stirred with a sprinkling of garam masala, a handful of curry leaves and a delicious dollop of sweet mango chutney that will take you dancing through a carnival of vibrant colour.