Homemade "Magic" Chocolate Sauce with Garam Masala and Ginger

Total Time:
13 min
Prep:
5 min
Inactive:
5 min
Cook:
3 min

Yield:
about 1 cup
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 8 ounces quality dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (Do not use chocolate chips)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1/2 teaspoon store-bought or homemade garam masala, recipe follows
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving
  • Coarse sea salt for sprinkling, optional, see Cook's Note*
  • Aarti's Hot (not heavy!) Homemade Garam Masala:
  • 3 large cinnamon sticks (if you have the kind you get at Indian stores, it's about 3 tablespoons of cinnamon bark bits)
  • 3 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup green cardamom pods, shelled, husks discarded (about 2 tablespoons of seeds)
  • 4 large black cardamom pods, shelled, husks discarded (about 1 tablespoon of seeds), optional
Directions
  • Fill a small saucepan a third of the way with water. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer. Place a glass bowl over the top of the saucepan, to create a double boiler, make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl.

  • Add the chocolate, coconut oil and a pinch of salt. Stir until the chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth and silky.

  • Off the heat, add the ginger and garam masala. Stir until well combined. Allow to cool slightly and then ladle a little over a scoop of ice cream. Sprinkle lightly with coarse sea salt, if using and ginger. Wait about 30 seconds for the chocolate to harden and then enjoy!

  • *Cook's Note: If you don't have coarse sea salt, kosher salt will also work.

Aarti's Hot (not heavy!) Homemade Garam Masala:
  • Combine the cinnamon sticks, cloves, green cardamom seeds, black cardamom seeds, if using, in a spice grinder or coffee grinder and grind until fine. Store the spice mix in an airtight container away from direct sunlight. Yield: about 1/2 cup.


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