Ammiji’s Garam Masala
This aromatic spice blend is Ammiji’s secret weapon in the kitchen – she pulls it out only on special occasions and had to be bribed to divulge the recipe. Add it to any dish, and be instantly transported to a life where all food tastes good, all dishes smell wonderful and nostalgia perfumes the air with sweetness.
Weight: 90 gms
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Ammiji spends an hour or so in the kitchen every morning. She can’t stand straight because her back is bent, so she’ll perch upon a high wooden stool set directly in front of the stove, and set about making a dish or two for the day. Yes, she’s 90 but she cooks her own sabzis. When you offer to help her out in the kitchen, she’ll grudgingly let you, but only up till a point. When her sabzi or dal is almost ready, she’ll shoo you out on some pretext or the other, and proceed to turn the ordinary dish into one that’s really not ordinary.
It took us a while to catch on to her secret. A lot of failed conversations, a few grudging admissions and a whole lot of argument led us to wrangle the recipe out of her. And once made, we had the most fragrant spice blend imaginable. Was it a garam masala? Ammiji said it was. But this was no ordinary garam masala. It was garam and it was a masala, but we could have added a few superlatives in there.
A pinch of this extraordinary masala is all you need to make your dish sublime. This is rather unlike the garam masalas available in the market where you have to add at least half a teaspoon. This tiny jar will last you a long time. And we promise, you’ll be wanting another one when the jar threatens to be empty.
Ammiji’s garam masala is addictive. Whoever has used it has kept on using it. A caterer friend uses the masala in the dishes he sets up for events and parties, and he’s so happy with the result that he orders this by the kilo. Go ahead, see what the fuss is all about.
Ingredients: Cumin, Cinnamon, Piper Longum, Coriander, Black Cardamom, Clove, Star Anise, Stone Flower, Green Cardamom, Mace, Ginger, Red Chilli, Nutmeg, Rock Salt.
We use only top-notch, premium spices for all our spice blends. This is homemade in small batches and packed at home. No one outside Ammiji’s family is allowed to touch the garam masala when it’s being made – it’s that precious…