garam masala[gə räm′mə sä′lə, gär′əm-]
a hot spice mixture, usually of ground coriander, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and pepper, used in Indian cooking
Any of various blends of dry-roasted, ground spices, such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander seed, cumin, and cloves, used in South Asian cuisine.
Origin of garam masalaUrdu garm ma&slowdot;āli&hlowdot;, garam masālā, hot spices : garm, garam, hot, burning (from Persian garm, from Middle Persian, from Old Persian garma-, in garmapada, entrance of the heat, month name; see gwher- in Indo-European roots) + ma&slowdot;āli&hlowdot;, masālā, ingredients, mixture of spices; see masala.
(plural garam masalas)