ma·​sa·​la | \ mä-ˈsä-lä How to pronounce masala (audio) , -lə, mə- \

Definition of masala

: a varying blend of spices used in Indian cooking

Examples of masala in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crispy masala dosas can replace biscuit and gravy at Shiv Sagar, 6662 Southwest Freeway. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Chron, "Why Houston is the best city to dine on a budget," 24 Nov. 2020 Our last stop will be in South India for a fiery and pungent serving of aloo masala. Paul Stephen,, "5 global mashed potato dishes to star in 2020’s Thanksgiving meal," 18 Nov. 2020 The paneer masala was mellow and soothing, but also layered in flavor, with cumin and turmeric turning up just a beat behind the creaminess of the curry. Ian Mcnulty,, "Metairie diner becomes a new Indian restaurant with links from Kashmir to Hammond," 2 Nov. 2020 There’s also Bombay chili chicken from Golden Joy, which is full of masala. Nayantara Dutta, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Indian Chinese Food Became India's Favorite Cuisine," 17 Sep. 2020 The Indian restaurant staple chicken tikka masala becomes a simple casserole in this easy, 1-dish dinner. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Chicken Tikka Masala Casserole," 22 Apr. 2020 My first list included my Meatless Monday standbys: chana masala, and pasta with Mushroom-Walnut Meatballs, from the WaPoFood recipe database. Washington Post, "Better breakfasts, less takeout, more togetherness: Our 2020 food resolutions," 2 Jan. 2020 Just six months before, the two were celebrating the grand opening of their masala chai cafe, Kolkata Chai, with a line wrapped around the building. Josh Rivera, USA TODAY, "Necessity and inventions: How these entrepreneurs are adapting to a pandemic," 27 Mar. 2020 The unofficial national dish is flatbread filled with chana masala. Omar Mouallem, WSJ, "Trinidad: A Caribbean Vacation With an Indian Flavor," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of masala

1780, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for masala

Hindi & Urdu masālā materials, ingredients, spices

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“Masala.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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