Garam masala is a warm, not hot, spice blend typically containing peppercorns, cloves, mase, cumin, cardamon pods, nutmeg, coriander, and star anise. The spices are toasted and ground into the "masala" or mixture. I really got the warmth from the spice blend after roasting the potatoes and I can't wait to try it in other dishes!
Garam Masala Roasted Potatoes
2 1-pound russet potatoes
2 teaspoons garam masala
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 400. Cut the potatoes in even pieces for roasting and spread on a foil wrapped baking sheet.
Top with salt, pepper, and the garam masala. Combine thoroughly until all of the potato pieces are coated.
Add the oil, repeat.
Bake for 35-40 minutes at 400, stirring after 15 and 30 minutes to prevent burning.
The result is a great, quick potato side dish with a soothing warm flavor. My entire kitchen (apartment, let's be honest) smelled of the fragrant mixture, building my excited to try the mixture in new dishes. Enjoy!