Garam Masala-A South Asian Secret

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!

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  1. White Cumin Seeds- 1 cup
  2. Whole Black Pepper – 1/2 cup
  3. Cloves – 1/4 cup
  4. Big Cardamom – 12 whole
  5. Small Cardamom – 25 whole
  6. Nutmeg (remove the shell) – 1 whole
  7. Mace – 1 Tbsp
  8. Cinnamon – 12 sticks (1 inch each)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl
  2. Heat the ingredients in the microwave for 1 minute
  3. Let the mix cool down
  4. Blend the ingredients
  5. 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.

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My Plate vs. My Plate

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!

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My Plate 1 labeled

  • 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

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