See garam masala in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Urdu garm maṣāliḥ, garam masālā, hot spices
Origin: : garm, garam, hot, burning (from Persian garm, from Middle Persian, from Old Persian garma-, in garma-pada, entrance of the heat, month name; see gwher- in Indo-European roots)
Origin: + maṣāliḥ, masālā, ingredients, mixture of spices (from Persian masāleḥ, from Arabic maṣāliḥ, pl. of maṣlaha, benefit, from ṣalaḥa, to be good; see ṣlḥ in Semitic roots).