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masala (mɑːˈsɑːlə Pronunciation for masala



  1. a mixture of spices ground into a paste, used in Indian cookery


  1. (Hinglish) spicy; dramatic   ⇒ it was a typical masala film

Word Origin

from Urdu masalah, from Arabic masalih ingredients

Example Sentences Including 'masala'

But the sauce also contains onions, tomato puree, coriander, garam masala , chilli and, of course, cream.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2005)
By the time the guests began tucking into the lobster masala curry, the Pakistanis were clearly enchanted by Vajpayee.
India Today (1998)
It was a house that encouraged you to lie back and linger Tonight the whole place was full of the smell of tikka masala and Bombay potatoes.
Sue Welfare FALLEN WOMEN (2002)
Shrimp masala , made with a blend of hot spices, a specialty of northern India, was delectable.
Ottawa Sun (2003)
Stuart ordered a chicken tikka masala , which, he claimed, pushing the plate away and fanning his mouth, was `kuu-aaah, uneatable!
Alexander Masters STUART: A Life Backwards (2005)


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