GARAM MASALA - Garam Masala adds the finishing touch to curries. In India and Pakistan a curry is made by first cooking the curry blend with the meat and other ingredients. Curry has turmeric and other spices which need longer cooking in order not to impart a bitter taste. Then very near the end, the Garam Masala is added because the masala contains sweet, mellow spices - cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, mace - which are more delicate.