Garam Masala means “hot spice” in Hindi, less for its capsaicin content than for the spice mixture’s intensity. The formula varies from region to region (or even family to family) in South Asia but includes cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and black peppercorns. Ours has a pronounced cardamom note to add brightness. It lends complex nuances to dry rubs and marinades. Sprinkled as a garnish, just a pinch will contribute tremendous fragrance and flavor.