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Any of various mixtures of spices that are used in South Asian cuisine.

[Hindi and Urdu maṣāliḥ, masālā, ingredients, mixture of spices, from Persian masāleḥ, from Arabic maṣāliḥ, pl. of maṣlaha, benefit, from ṣalaḥa, to be good; see ṣlḥ in Semitic roots.]


(Cookery) a mixture of spices ground into a paste, used in Indian cookery
Hinglish spicy; dramatic: it was a typical masala film.
[from Urdu masalah, from Arabic masalih ingredients]
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I guess super sweet desserts do go as a finale for the combinations of spices or masalas in an Indian repast I did come back alone a couple of days after, this time sampling the keema or spiced ground beef that went well with flat bread or naan.
One such place my son, Chef Gino, has been telling me about is Masala Moe's, a restaurant that presents an Indian family's legacy of good eating.
Based on MASALAs results, Kanaya and her colleagues worked with the ADA to modify screening recommendations for Asian-Americans.
The study is named Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America or simply MASALA and measures clinical parameters such as blood pressure, coronary artery calcium, insulin resistance, visceral fat and more in an hours-long clinical study visit.
Interestingly, all of Datar's supermarkets including those in the Gulf boast of a 100 per cent vegetarian product range includes all kinds of spices and masalas, pulses, rice and flour, oils and ghee, pickles and chutneys, tea and coffee, canned and instant foods, ayurvedic herbs, cosmetics, dry fruits, mouth fresheners and savories, confectionery items and sweetmeats.
The actress inaugurated Masala King Supermarket in Kharghar
KARACHI, October 05, 2010 (Balochistan Times): A Special team of City District Government Karachi raided on the mills in Haroonabad and Jahanabad and confiscated 700 bags of adulterated masalas including tumeric, spice and coriander powder.
Shahi products include Specialized Shahi Omani Masalas, Chilly Powder, Coriander Powder, Turmeric Powder, Garam Masala, Masoor Dal, Toor Dal, Chana Dal, Moong Dal, Chick Pease, Green Pease, and Specialized Shahi Omani Coffee with cardamom, Coffee with Saffron, Cashew nut Roasted, , Pista, Pista Lemon, Mixed Nut, Curry Powder, Chicken Masala, Mutton Masala, Meat Masala, Pickle Powder.
Asda Indian and Asda Indian Takeaway hot chicken tikka masalas
Spice merchants offer their own blends of powdered chai masalas, but a proper masala chai was nowhere to be found in the public sphere.
Almost 75,000 chicken tikka masalas are sold in Britain every day.
While most people use pre-mixed chaat masalas bought from stores, it can be made at home too.