Often the kitchen divas are confused with garam masala and curry powder. Now the question arises: are they both the same or are they different??? The answer is curry powder and garam masala are not the same, though they are quite similar, but they are far apart and different. Curry powder and garam masala are a blend of various spices like cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg etc that bring both complex flavor and rich color to a dish. Garam masala is totally different from curry powder.
It is authentically and traditionally an Indian spice blend, while if we talk about curry powder; it is not regularly used for dishes and in fact most Indian kitchens are not even aware of what curry powder is. Apparently every kitchen in India will have a jar or bottle of garam masala and some families even have their own standard recipes for making it.
So, now it’s time to note the difference between two blends. Both being used for cooking but let’s see how they are different:
- Garam masala is often used as a finishing spice, while curry powder is used more in general cooking, though both can be used in this way.
- The name “Garam Masala” translates to “hot spice blend” from Hindi, where “curry” refers to the sauce used for implanting a flavour.
- Every Indian homemaker will know about garam masala but Curry powder is the invention of british traders
- Curry powder is mild with sweet notes unlike garam masala which is strong and intense because of the robust seasonings used to make it.
- Turmeric is Curry powder’s main ingredient, which gives it that signature yellow tint but not a lot of taste.
- Garam masala is sweeter and more pungent than curry powder and it’s recipe can vary by region.
You can try both the recipes at home. Read the recipes in our “Masala Corner” section.
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