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Is chai masala spice the same as Garam masala?

asked by a Whole Foods Market Customer over 5 years ago
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Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Creative Director of Food52

added over 5 years ago

No -- chai masala refers to the spices used to make chai, as in tea (prominently cardamom) while garam masala refers to a pungent spice blend used across Northern Indian in savory cooking. Both masalas will vary by region and by family.

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added over 5 years ago

Until the Indians weigh in this may help. What they have in common is masala, which means 'spice.' Chai means 'tea' and garam means 'hot, heating.' But they're all delicious.