Finishing Touches for Every Meal
Bonny Shah

Bonny Shah
27 May 2020

This article is authored by Bonny Shah. Bonny is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator.

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India is home to some of the most exquisite garnishes that not only make a dish look regal but also come with a number of health benefits. One of the most extensively used seasonings is garam masala. Garam masala powder has many variations depending on the region it comes from. It is mostly made from a blend of condiments such as coriander, cumin, cardamom, cloves, black pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. These spices are known to generate heat in your body leaving you with a warm feeling.

A variety of items are used as garnish across the world such as nuts, parsley, fried onions, berries, etc. In fact, the dessert world thrives on edible embellishments. Chocolate shavings, cocoa powder, mint sprinkles and sliced fruit are just a few among the many ingredients that add to the visual appeal and taste of each preparation. We have put together a list of some of the most commonly used Indian garnishes and their benefits.

Chaat Masala

Chaat masala is a celebration of flavour to the palate. It can be used to season a number of dishes and beverages but is most commonly used to season chaat dishes. Chaat masala consists of mango powder, kachri powder, pomegranate seed powder, mint powder, salt, asafoetida, chilli, cumin, ginger, pepper, clove and ajwain. It is a good source of vitamins, proteins and natural detoxifiers, and is also known to boost immunity, improve digestion and ensure regular bowel movement.

Kasuri Methi

Kasuri methi is dried fenugreek leaves used as a garnish in curries, dals, sabzis and parathas. When roasted and crushed it works as a flavour enhancer for starchy vegetables like carrots, yams and potatoes. Kasuri methi is also used as medicine to treat several diseases as it has antibacterial and antifungal properties. The substantial levels of antioxidants in fenugreek give it great potential as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Garam Masala Powder

This blend of ground spices is usually added at the end of the cooking process to deliver a burst of aroma and flavour. Garam masala powder can be used in curries, marinades and vegetables. It brings forth the right amount of warmth, sweetness and savouriness that makes your dish all the more delightful. Each spice used in this mix has numerous health benefits, while the blend of condiments together stimulates the appetite, helps in digestion, aids in the absorption of minerals and vitamins and improving immunity.

Almost all Indian delicacies contain garam masala. While stocking your pantry, try Tata Sampann Garam Masala. It is made of 18 ingredients namely black pepper, cumin, salt, ginger powder, mustard, green chilli powder, fenugreek leaves, coriander, turmeric, chilli, fennel, cinnamon, coriander leaves, cloves, allspice, asafoetida, cardamom and mace. Being the handiwork of Sanjeev Kapoor and made from authentic ingredients which are sourced from the best farms, this product guarantees incredible flavours for all your meals. Bon appétit!


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