Indian masala recipes with their health benefits

Indian masala recipes with their health benefits

Today we’re going to look into one of the most important 3 Indian masala recipes. They are nothing but garam masala, curry masala and chaat masala. We Indians use these masalas in most of our dishes. Even if we’re not using them all at the same time, any one of these Indian masalas will be present in our recipes for sure.

Personally, I feel that one of the hardest parts of leading a zero waste lifestyle in India is finding the spices and masalas package free. The spices and masalas mostly come in plastic packaging. So, why don’t we try to make them at home?

As I mentioned above, we’ve been using these Indian masalas for a long time. Do you know their health benefits? Keep reading to know more about them!

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Health benefits of Indian masala:

Before going for the Indian masala recipes, let’s look into their health benefits.

Garam masala:

  • Garam masala acts a good antioxidant.
  • It helps to cure indigestion.
  • Garam masala aids to fight oral bacteria.
  • This masala may also prevent diabetes.
  • It maintains the health of your heart.

Curry masala:

  • Similar to garam masala, curry masala also has the antioxidant property.
  • Helps to reduce inflammation.
  • Boosts the immunity.
  • Curry masala has the antibacterial property.
  • It may also good for your heart.

Chaat masala:

  • Chaat masala improves the digestion.
  • It regulates high blood pressure.
  • This masala also acts as a detoxifying agent.

 

Keep one thing in mind. These are only healthy when they are homemade or free from chemicals. We are not sure about the chemicals used in the store-bought ones. So, stay from commercial products as much as possible. If you are able to get pure Indian masala you can go for them.

Now let’s get into the Indian masala recipes.

Indian masala recipes with their health benefits

Indian masala recipes:

Garam masala recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Asafoetida or Hing – 5 (optional)
  • Bay leaves – 4
  • Black pepper – 3 teaspoons
  • Cardamom pods – 3
  • Cinnamon sticks – 1 stick (medium size)
  • Cloves – 5 teaspoon
  • Coriander seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Fennel seeds – 2 teaspoon
  • Fenugreek seeds – 1 teaspoon (optional)
  • Nutmeg – 1/2
  • Red chilly powder – 2 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • star anise – 5 (optional)

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Instructions:

  • Roast the above-mentioned ingredients in a medium flame one by one (except red chilly powder and salt).
  • Bring them to the room temperature and grind them to a fine powder with a blender.

Now your homemade garam masala is ready.

Curry masala recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Cardamom pods – 5
  • Cinnamon sticks – 3 sticks (medium size)
  • Cloves – 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander seeds – 1/2 cup
  • Cumin seeds – 2 teaspoon
  • Dried red chillies – 20
  • Fennel seeds – 2 teaspoon
  • Fenugreek powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Onion powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Red chilly powder – 2 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon

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Instructions:

  • First, take the dried red chillies and roast them. Make sure not to burn them. Once done keep it aside.
  • Now, take a bay leaf, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, cloves, coriander seeds, cumin seeds and fennel seeds in the pan and roast them until they are turning into a slight brown. Just go for the low or medium flame to roast. You can roast each ingredient one by one if you’re afraid of turning them black by burning them
  • Once everything came to the room temperature, grind them in the blender.
  • Mix this powder well with the other mentioned powdered spices.

Your curry masala is ready to add in your Indian food recipes!

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Homemade Chaat masala:

Ingredients:

  • Coriander powder – 3 teaspoons
  • Cumin powder – 5 teaspoon
  • Dried mint powder – 2 teaspoons (Just sundry the mint leaves for 2 to 3 days and grind them)
  • Garam masala – 1 teaspoon
  • Ginger powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Amchur powder – 6 teaspoons
  • Pepper powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Red chilly powder – 2 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Black salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Instruction:

Mix these powders well and your homemade chaat masala is ready!

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Storage:

After grinding them into a fine powder, store them in the airtight container. And always use dry spoons in them to increase the shelf life because when taking them in the wet hands, the masalas might be spoiled.

That’s all about our Indian masala recipes. If you need any other Indian masala recipe, let me know in the comments. Happy to assist you!

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