This Indian spice mix is used in a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Basically, it is a mix of Indian spices stored in the air-tight box to be used while cooking. Indians have grown up making and eating dishes containing garam masala. The strange thing about this spice mix is that there is no fixed recipe for it. It is generally prepared as per the taste and liking of household individuals. And only the thing every Indian agrees on is, home-made garam masala is better than store bought masala.
Whichever is your preference, this masala is the most loved spice mix of Indian kitchen and has various health benefits. Just because there is no standard recipe for garam masala, the benefits vary accordingly. Some of the common ingredients used are cinnamon, cumin, cloves, peppercorn, nutmeg, bay leaves and cardamon.
So, the benefits based on these common ingredients are as follows:
These ingredients are rich in phytonutrients that boost metabolism. Also, rich in minerals that improve various organ functioning. Especially, pepper is good for improving metabolism.
Rich In Antioxidants
Being full of antioxidants garam masala helps in fighting inflammation and prevent skin problems.
The main reason for adding garam masala in your food is it, balances appetite and improves digestion. Cloves and cumin in garam masala prevent indigestion and clove in also helps in preventing acidity.
Fights Bad Breath
Cloves and cardamon in garam masala make it great for fighting bad breath.
Fights Bloating And Flatulence
Experts say, properties in garam masala not only boosts digestion but also helps with nausea, bloating and flatulence. Some ingredients in the spice mix keep gastrointestinal tract healthy.
Consuming garam masala is something that we Indians don’t do regularly, but it helps in small ways. There is this myth that consuming this spice mix will hamper digestion rather than boosting it. A healthy person can consume garam until he/she suffers from problems like hyperactivity, and ulcers because some ingredients in garam masala may not suit them. Otherwise one can consume it on daily basis.