Garam masala is an Indian spice mix that can include up to 12 different ingredients, such as cinnamon, clove, cardamom, cumin and fennel. This recipe uses the blend to give flaky biscuits a complex flavor and mild heat. The biscuits are then filled with a curried chicken salad that contains grapes, pistachios and cilantro.
MAKE AHEAD: The biscuits can be stored overnight in an airtight container and the chicken salad can be refrigerated overnight. Add the grapes and pistachios shortly before serving. Created by bay area caterer, Carrie Dove.
NOTES: To toast the pistachios, spread them in a pie plate and bake at 350° for 5 minutes.
WINE: The warm days and cool, foggy nights of the Russian River Valley are a large part of what makes its Pinots so rich in flavor yet also so elegant. Russian Hill Estate's 2002 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a classic expression. It has a vibrant cherry flavor and firm structure, with a spiciness that complements this curried chicken salad. Or try Gary Farrell's intense, layered 2003 Starr Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir, from hillside vines east of the Russian River.