Definitions

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

Etymologies

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

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  • I posted it thinking of garam masala, and of masala chai. Although I might mention that I make a pretty mean Chicken Tikka.

    December 2, 2006

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_Tikka_Masala

    December 2, 2006