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masala (mɑːˈsɑːlə)
 
n
1.  a mixture of spices ground into a paste, used in Indian cookery
 
adj
2.  (Hinglish) spicy; dramatic: it was a typical masala film
 
[from Urdu masalah, from Arabic masalih ingredients]

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Main Entry:  masala
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a blend of spices used in Indian cuisine, usu. containing black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, nutmeg, and turmeric; also called garam masala
Example:  Every time we go there, he orders chicken tikka masala.
Etymology:  1780
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Example sentences for masala
It is often served as masala chai with milk and sugar, and sometimes scented.
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