Masala meaning

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Any of various mixtures of spices that are used in South Asian cuisine.
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In Indian cuisine, any of various blends of ground spices.
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The definition of masala is a spice mixture that has been ground into a powder or paste used for cooking Indian food, or a dish flavored with this powder.

A paste made of cumin and other ground spices is an example of masala.

A chicken dinner made with masala spices is an example of masala.

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A dish flavored with this.

Chicken masala.

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Any of many blends of spices used in Indian cuisine, most often containing cardamom, coriander, mace together with pepper, nutmeg, fennel seeds, jeera etc.
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Origin of masala

  • Hindi and Urdu maṭāliḥ, masālā ingredients, mixture of spices from Persian masāleḥ from Arabic maṭāliḥ pl. of maṭlaha benefit from ṭalaḥa to be good ṭlḥ in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Hindustani मसाला / مسالا (masālā, “spice(s)"), from Persian مصالح (maṣālih, “affairs, materials, spices"), plural of مصلحت (maá¹£lahat, “affair, policy, best thing to do"), both from Arabic, derived from صلح (ṣálaḥa, “be fit, competent, usable").

    From Wiktionary