Originally Posted by CWS4322
You can also make your own garam masala.
Note that, depending on the recipe, garam masala itself may require a lot of exotic spices to create. For example, one of the recipes I use calls for close to a dozen spices, including methi seeds, cardamom seeds, and fennel seeds.... items many cooks may not have in their spice cabinet.
Garam masala simply translates to "hot mixture". There are probably as many recipes as there are Indian cooks. The purpose of using it is to sort of kick up the flavors in the dish.