What is the difference between curry powder and garam masala?

In this brief article, we are going to answer the question,”What is the difference between curry powder and garam masala?”, and discuss what curry powder and garam masala is, and what are they made of along with the health benefits of curry powder and garam masala.

What is the difference between curry powder and garam masala?

The difference between curry powder and garam masala is that curry powder doesn’t have a strong flavour compared to garam masala. Garam masala is a  blend of spices originating in India. Whereas curry powder is not an Indian blend, but an invention of the British.

Curry powders and garam masala should be stored in air tight containers, at room temperatures in a dry place. 

What is curry powder?

Curry powder is a blend of spices first used by the British to reduce the complexity of Indian spices. Curry powder is used for the addition of taste and flavour to food during cooking. The appearance of the spice is yellow, having a mild, sweet flavour. Making fresh curry powder also gives the dish a richer flavour compared to the use of packaged curry powder bought from markets. 

The traditional curry powder is a mixture of 20 herbs and spices that are finely grounded. They are used for seasoning and for adding flavours to foods.

What spices are used in the making of curry powder?

Curry powder is made up of a blend of cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, chilli powder, fenugreek, turmeric, ginger powder, mustard powder, fennel seed powder, and black pepper corn.

What are the health benefits of curry powder?

The turmeric in curry powder is very beneficial in reducing all kinds of internal and external inflammations of the body. The active component in turmeric known as curcumin plays an important role in the inhibition of 2 important enzymes responsible for inflammation. 

The other ingredients present in curry powder help to boost the bone mineral density, help in proper digestion of food in the stomach, help to fight against cancer, and Alzheimers, as well as pathogenic bacteria. 

The herbs and spice blend is also beneficial in the prevention and risk of heart diseases. All the benefits have strongly been backed by scientific evidence, again and again in the past until today.

What is garam masala?

Garam Masala is a traditional Indian spice mostly used by Indians. Garam Masala is used to heighten the flavours of foods and can be added during or at the end of the cooking process. The appearance tends to be brown with a sharp and strong flavour. 

The taste of garam masala is warm, sweet and pungent at the same time. Garam masala should be used in small quantities as adding the spice in excess can kill the actual flavours of food and the spice. 

What spices are used in the making of garam masala?

Garam masala powder is made up of a blend of green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, nutmeg, and black cardamom. 

What are the health benefits of garam masala?

Becauses the contents of garam masala are almost the same as in curry powder, this spice blend also offers similar health benefits. It boosts digestion and metabolism, and the different herbs and spices are full of antioxidants that help damage free radicals and therefore the risk of inflammations and cancers.

Garam masala is also beneficial in fighting bloating, flatulence and constipation. The smell and flavours it contains can help treat nausea and is also good for preventing bad breath.

To retain the nutrients in curry powder and garam masala, it should be kept in mind that overheating and overcooling of the spice blends can kill various beneficial nutrients or wash away the water soluble ones which drastically affects the nutritional value of the spices. The overcooking part is a misleading cooking method widely used by the people of India and Pakistan. 

Other FAQs about Curry that you may be interested in.

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Conclusion

In this brief article, we are going to answer the question,”What is the difference between curry powder and garam masala?”, and discuss what curry powder and garam masala is, and what are they made of along with the health benefits of curry powder and garam masala.

References

https://www.benenden.co.uk/be-healthy/nutrition/spice-of-life-7-surprising-health-benefits-of-curry-powder/

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