from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A seasoning made by blending dry-roasted, ground spices, such as black pepper, cumin, cloves, and cardamom, used in the cooking of northern India.

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  • n. A mixture of spices used in Indian dishes, such as coriander, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, and chillis.


Urdu garm maṣāliḥ, garam masālā, hot spices : garm, garam, hot, burning (from Persian garm, from Middle Persian, from Old Persian garma-, in garma-pada, entrance of the heat, month name) + maṣāliḥ, masālā, ingredients, mixture of spices (from Persian masāleḥ, from Arabic maṣāliḥ, pl. of maṣlaha, benefit, from ṣalaḥa, to be good).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hindi, garam masala meaning hot spices. (Wiktionary)


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  • Indian spice mix usually made of coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, kalonji, caraway, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg.

    February 6, 2007