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 Farther north, the state of Punjab—whose curries are all the rage in Europe—utilizes a paste or masala of ginger, garlic, onion and tomatoes tempered with cumin to flavor its food. Misbaah Mansuri, Chron, 25 Mar. 2022 Sonia Chopra, our executive editor, is obsessed with this company and this particular South Asian masala chai blend. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 26 Feb. 2022 Paan masala, its tobacco-free version, is generally deemed harmless and consumed by the young and old alike. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 18 Jan. 2022 The best biryani recipes all feature three integral components: rice, meat or vegetables flavored with a spicy masala, and fried onions. Asha Loupy, Bon Appétit, 21 Dec. 2021 This masala of local distributors and global players has allowed India’s stock market to sing its own tune. Fortune, 15 Dec. 2021 Other things to try - This chana masala from the blog Orangette. Globe Staff,, 1 Apr. 2020 The masala dosa is great, full of potato and spices — little traces of cardamom pods, cinnamon bark, coriander. Emma Alpern, Curbed, 5 Oct. 2021 Crispy masala dosas can replace biscuit and gravy at Shiv Sagar, 6662 Southwest Freeway. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Chron, 17 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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30 Apr 2022

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“Masala.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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