My buddy and I were chatting at the office yesterday and he asked what I would cook over the weekend. I am trying out Aarti‘s Masala recipe on Sunday, for my husband’s return from his business trip. So my buddy, who is from India, tells me he can make a mean chicken masala and begins to run down the recipe as I scramble for a piece of paper and pen. I hear things like “cut the chicken”, “dice onions”, but I am really listening for the spice mixture that is a true masala, which according to Wikipedia, is a mixture of spices used in Indian and South Asian cooking. Garam masala is a blend leaning toward the ‘hot’ or spicy side. I understand the other ingredients like chicken, tomatoes, etc., may go into the dish, but I want to know what spices make up the masala, specifically. So this Sunday will be my Great Masala Experiment. I will do my research, gather my spices and begin the task of creating my own, personal masala spice blend. Ok, so maybe I won’t be making Aarti’s masala. Stay tuned.
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