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 Curry options include tikka masala, korma (cashew, almond and pistachio cream sauce), saag, coconut and vindaloo which can be had with chicken, lamb, shrimp, vegetables, or paneer. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "New Tarka Indian Kitchen opens today," 29 Jan. 2020 Actually, Rajavel told me, tikka masala, one of Indian cuisines most popular dishes, technically isn’t Indian at all, but is British. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "Why Americans call foreign foods by the wrong names," 22 Jan. 2020 The kitchen has a good way with a range of dishes, including seafood from coastal regions such as Goa, traditional Punjabi dishes (daal makhani, tikka masala), and Indo-Chinese dishes from northern provinces. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Moksha Indian Brasserie in Fort Lauderdale delivers flavor, finesse … and chef intrigue," 30 Oct. 2019 The masala markets in London and Singapore aren’t liquid enough to get New Delhi $10 billion in one scoop. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "How India’s Dollar Bond Made Too Many Enemies," 29 July 2019 There is also chicken tikka masala ($16.99); lamb rogan josh ($18.99, simmered in onions, green peppers and tomatoes); and shrimp curry ($18.99, in onion gravy). Phillip Valys,, "Sajna Indian Cuisine, now open, is Hollywood’s only Indian restaurant. Why did it take so long?," 21 Nov. 2019 Squirrel-skinning and tea cakes have made way for pizza and hummus, and this time around, there is tempeh, chana masala and Beef Rendang. Washington Post, "The 10 books to read in November," 31 Oct. 2019 As Hollywood’s only Indian restaurant (for now), the 2,000-square-foot Sajna Indian Cuisine features classic staples such as chicken tikka masala and lamb biryani and a variety of vegetarian-leaning dishes from Sajna chef Santu Biswas. Phillip Valys,, "Sajna Indian Cuisine, now open, is Hollywood’s only Indian restaurant. Why did it take so long?," 21 Nov. 2019 Chana masala is a relatively simple dish that can crack the door to the cuisines of that region. James P. Dewan,, "How to make chana masala, a fragrant Indian dish of chickpeas and spices," 21 Oct. 2019

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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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5 Feb 2020

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“Masala.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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