Make this flavory garam masala at home from scratch with safe spices for baby food. Read on to make this easy garam masala recipe suitable for babies and kids.
Homemade Garam Masala
with Essential Spices for Baby Food
Garam masala is one of the most used ingredients in Indian kitchens. From gravies to briyani, Garam Masala plays an important role in enhancing the flavor of any food.
But, when it comes to babies, people worry about what spices are ok for babies and what spices babies should avoid. If you are wondering the same, then we got you covered – Simply read on to know more.
What is garam masala made of?
Garam masala is a traditional blend of various spices ground to powder. There is no standard recipe with a fixed ingredient list for making garam masala.
Depending on the locality and the taste preferences, the garam masala spice recipe varies. If you are a regular buyer of store bought packaged garam masala powders, then you would have noticed the vast taste difference between every brand.
One thing you need to be careful while buying packed garam masala is the ingredients. Most store bought masalas have a high amount of salt which is not widely recommended especially for babies below one year.
Hence, it requires us to understand what is garam masala made of, before choosing one.
Here are a few basic spices present in an authentic garam masala recipe – Let’s say the Basic C’s of a Garam Masala!
- Cumin Seeds
- Coriander seeds
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Other spices like star anise, fennel seeds, pepper, chilli, etc… can be added depending on your tastes and preferences.
Garam masala for babies
As a matter of fact, it is recommended to start solids only after completion of 6 months for a baby. After that, gradually all family foods can be introduced.
It is ideal to introduce one spice at a time to check for any allergies. It is better to avoid certain allergic spices like poppy seeds in initial stages.
In our home, we started with finger foods at month 7 and started adding spices like cumin powder, coriander powder, pepper powder from month 8.
Also, since we do not want to include much salt in her diet, we always prefer making it at home with this garam masala powder recipe.
What is garam masala powder used for?
If you are looking for recipes with garam masala, then the spice fanatic in me would say you can add it to almost anything! And yes, I add it to everything I make for my baby (just a pinch for some dishes), even for curd rice!
Cutting to the chase, gravies for roti, briyani, tomato rice, pulav, chaats, and much more mandatorily needs the touch of garam masala.
You can also try masala idly, masala vegetable fries, etc… with this powder to give a flavorful twist to your kid’s food.
Without further ranting, let’s move into this easy garam masala recipe for babies and adults alike.
Easy Garam Masala Recipe
Get ready to add a spicy twist to your baby’s foods!
Make this garam masala powder recipe at your home with spices of your choice and enjoy the taste of the indian cuisine in every dish you make.
Servings – ½ Cup Powder
- ¼ cup coriander seeds
- ¼ cup cumin seeds
- 3 or 4 cardamom pods
- 2 teaspoon cloves
- 2 teaspoon pepper corns
- 3 inch cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
- 1 star anise
- 2 medium dry bay leaf
- Sun dry or dry roast at low flame all the ingredients
- Grind to a fine powder in a mixer and store
- You garam masala is ready to use!
DRY ROASTING – Roast small ingredients (coriander, cumin, fennel, pepper) separately.
SPICY TWIST – Add 2 dried red chillies for bigger kids and adults.
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