Garam Masala is a very common Pakistani/Indian ingredient that you find in a number of South Asian recipes! Garam Masala is a combination of 8 ground spices that has a unique flavor & a distinctive aroma. Having a home made fresh batch at hand makes it all the more better!
- White Cumin Seeds- 1 cup
- Whole Black Pepper – 1/2 cup
- Cloves – 1/4 cup
- Big Cardamom – 12 whole
- Small Cardamom – 25 whole
- Nutmeg (remove the shell) – 1 whole
- Mace – 1 Tbsp
- Cinnamon – 12 sticks (1 inch each)
- Place all ingredients in a bowl
- Heat the ingredients in the microwave for 1 minute
- Let the mix cool down
- Blend the ingredients
- Use a sieve to sift the ingredients
Your Garam Masala is ready for use to make delicious recipes! It can be stored dry at room temperature.
I know it’s not easy nor is it fun to count calories – you just want to enjoy the meal! USDA came out with the My Plate few years ago and I believe it is a great guide to eating healthy. It gives a quick visual of how our plate should look to be on the right track. It teaches us to enjoy a variety of foods in proper portions!
I decided to compare USDA My Plate with my plate. This is what it means to “Eat Right,Your Way, Every Day” – enjoy your cultural foods in moderation!
- Made half my plate fruits and vegetables
- 1/4 of the plate was karhai chicken (lean protein) – popular dish in South Asian culture
- 1/4 plate was nan – bread common in South Asian culture
- Dairy – I did not have it at lunch but I did at breakfast
What one change would I try to make next time?
- Make my bread whole grain
Theme for National Nutrition Month 2013 is “Eat Right,Your Way, Every Day”