Best Garam Masalas & Tips To Store Spices

A good quality Garam Masala can make your curries taste better, and impart an appetising aroma. A poor quality one does nothing, except change the colour of your curry. Here are our top recommendations for the best garam masala brands in India.

A traditional garam masala has 9 or more ingredients that include cinnamon, cloves, green cardamom, turmeric, bay leaf, nutmeg, mace, cumin, and red chili. Buying the right garam masala is one thing, storing the masala properly is another aspect that you need to pay attention to. Over time, with improper storing, spices tend to lose their potency. That leaves you with bland curries with none of the rich aromas that would otherwise make you salivate.

 Best Garam Masalas & Tips To Store Spices
Best Garam Masala & How To Store Spices Properly

With so many brands of garam masala available in the market, it is extremely hard to make an informed choice and buy the right one. This list of the best garam masalas can surely simplify that task.

Catch Super Garam Masala:

The Catch Super Garam Masala has been tested in the Mishry kitchen and emerged as the tastiest garam masala in our review. It gave the tastiest curry amongst the numerous other masalas we tested. It has a perfect blend of all the spices. Each spice is equally represented in the masala with no spice dominating the palate.

This masala is balanced enough to give you the freedom to add any other spice according to your preference. It is not overly spicy and has a very good aroma. The masala will go well with both vegetarians as well as non-vegetarian dishes.

Everest Royal Garam Masala:

As per their website, Everest is India’s leading spice brand offering more than 45 masalas that include both pure spices and blends. These have been integrated into homes in India as well as 58 other countries around the globe.

The Everest Royal Garam Masala has a blend of black pepper, cumin, black cardamom and dry ginger among other spices. The coriander and pepper in the masala are slightly overpowering. The masala adds a slight meaty flavor to vegetarian curries too. The taste is very good and there are no sharp flavors overpowering the palate.

TATA Sampann Garam Masala:

TATA Sampann is a relatively new brand of spices. As per their website, the TATA Sampann spices are made from superior quality raw material, sourced from the best of farms. The masalas are formulated by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor to give precise proportions and perfect flavors.

The TATA Sampann Garam Masala has a light brown almost mustard-like color. Its ingredients include Coriander, Turmeric, Chili, Fennel, Cloves, Allspice, Black Pepper, Fenugreek leaves, Cinnamon, Cumin, Salt, Ginger Powder, Mustard, Green Chili Powder, Coriander Leaves, Asafoetida, Cardamom, Mace. The masala leaves a peppery heat in the curries.

MDH Garam Masala:

Mahashian Di Hatti (MDH) spices had its humble beginning in the 1940s. MDH now has about 62 products available in over 150 different packages that include both ground and blended spices. The company has consumers all over the world now.

The MDH Garam Masala has a very rich aroma. The taste of jeera is a little dominant in the masala. It also has black pepper blended in with the rest of the masalas. The package suggests to sprinkle the masala in small quantities toward the end of the cooking process.

How to Store Spices?

Whole spices have a shelf life of up to 3 years. They need to be placed in a cool dry space. They can be ground up and used whenever required.

 Best Garam Masalas & Tips To Store Spices
How to store garam masala: Tips and Best Practices

Ground spices have a lower shelf life. Buy them in smaller quantities so that you don’t end up throwing them away.

Store ground spices in clean and dry airtight containers. Keep these containers away from direct sunlight or heat.

 Best Garam Masalas & Tips To Store Spices
Best garam masala brands and how to store them

Moisture can absolutely destroy the strength of your spices and completely ruin your curries. Keep spice containers in spots with low humidity.

Also, ensure the containers are absolutely dry when filling them up with ground spice.

Use clean and dry spoons to scoop up the spices.

 Best Garam Masalas & Tips To Store Spices
Best Garam Masala & How To Store Spices

Avoid tipping over containers of spices over a steaming pot. The steam rising up can enter the container slowly destroying the spices.

Over time, spices do tend to lose their flavor. This can be judged by checking their color. If the color of the spice is faded, chances are, the spice has lost its flavor too.

Spices that contain large quantities of red peppers like red chili powder need to be refrigerated. This keeps their color intake and tastes strong and fresh.

There are a number of tasty garam masalas that are perfect for Indian curries. The ones mentioned above are the best of the lot.

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