Garam masala is a spice blend widely used in Indian cuisine,from curries and lentil dishes to soups. Whole spices of cinnamon,mace,peppercorns,coriander seeds,cumin seeds,and cardamon pods are toasted in a pan to release their aromatic flavors,then ground to a powder. Garam masala adds warmth,sweetness,floral notes,and a touch of heat from the black pepper. It is intended to be a fragrant spice as well as flavorful. While cumin,coriander,and turmeric may remind you of curry,garam masala is generally not firey hot.