Definition of masala in English:

masala

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A mixture of ground spices used in Indian cooking.

    • ‘Sprinkle the saffron, the masala powder and ghee on top.’
    • ‘Sprinkle with chat masala (available in Asian grocers) and lime juice and serve hot.’
    • ‘Add the corn flour or maida, kasooti methi, masala powder, chilli powder and salt.’
    • ‘Lack of hygiene in certain places where wheat flour and masala powders are being manufactured needs looking into.’
    • ‘From the curries of South East Asia to the chili pastes of China and from the garam masalas of India to the salsas of Latin America, hot and spicy foods are common, but never banal.’
    • ‘For the main course, I had the sekuwa chatpate prawns with capsicum, chillies, lemon and chat masala.’
    • ‘In the tomato juice, mix the gram flour, turmeric, chilli-powder, masala, coriander and cumin seed powder.’
    • ‘There were the common items like ‘avial’ and ‘sambar’, of course, made without any strong masala or tangy tamarind.’
    • ‘Prepare a batter of the ginger, red chilli powder, chaat masala powder, green coriander, turmeric and salt to taste with enough water to make it of a dipping consistency.’
    • ‘However, the bright side was that all types of Indian food such as rice, masala, spices and pickles were available in the two countries, at Indian grocery shops.’
    • ‘Kala masala (or black masala - kala means black) consists of pepper, clove, cinnamon, and other black spices.’
    • ‘Add the sugar, salt, masala and cover and cook till the tomatoes are tender.’
    • ‘Remove to a serving plate and serve with a garnish of cherry tomatoes, more coriander sprigs, pickled onions and baby beets sprinkled with some chaat masala spice and a squeeze of fresh lime.’
    • ‘Pickles, spices and masala items from Karachi are also up for sale.’
    • ‘Add the chilli powder, ginger-garlic paste and the masala powder.’
    1. 1.1A dish flavoured with masala.
      ‘chicken masala’
      • ‘The five meals tested were cheese and tomato pizza, chicken tikka masala, steak and kidney pie, quiche Lorraine and beef lasagne.’
      • ‘There are spices and sauces too just in case the customer buying the chicken suddenly remembers there is no tandoori masala or soya sauce at home.’
      • ‘A slick of oil sits on top of our national dish, the chicken tikka masala.’
      • ‘The pilau was served with fried onion and peas and was tasty, whereas the masala rice suffered from an overdose of black pepper.’
      • ‘Last night I made Salmon Croquettes, salad with avocado, chana masala and brown rice.’
      • ‘We had aloo chana, which is basically chana masala with diced potatoes instead of half the chickpeas.’
      • ‘We did make the chana masala last night and it was very nice and there's a little bit leftover which will be equally nice when reheated.’
      • ‘There will be ‘white gravies’ which can be the base for dishes such as channa masala, navratan kurma, and peas masala.’
      • ‘Even the channa masala, a whole-chickpea stew, is understated here, gently flavored with cinnamon and cardamom.’
      • ‘Chicken tikka masala has replaced roast beef and Yorkshire pudding as the country's favourite dish.’
      • ‘The first flavours include chicken aloo, vegetable bhuna, chicken tandoori masala and vegetable sweet and sour.’
      • ‘And as we sat there, eating delicious masala prawns and buttered rice, listening to the calm lapping of the Indian Ocean, we knew we had finally found paradise.’
      • ‘Louise, being vegetarian, had fewer options, including chana masala, sag aloo and vegetable biryani.’
      • ‘We agreed that the standout dish, in terms of pure flavour, was the black-eyed peas masala, made with cream and fresh cilantro.’
      • ‘And hotels cannot afford to leave out aloo gobi, aloo mutter, paneer butter masala, chana masala and dal fry from their list of curries.’
      • ‘By the time the two dosa masala arrived, looking like enormous, undercooked spring rolls, we were almost full.’
      • ‘A chicken tikka masala was followed by a rogan josh mutton, which was one of the best mutton dishes I have tried anywhere.’
      • ‘These days, chicken tikka masala and rogan josh are as much a part of British life as fish and chips.’
      • ‘Turn spicy masala potatoes into a meal with some wilted spinach and warm naan or roti bread, or serve with seared fish or roast chicken.’
      • ‘Statistics show Britain's favourite foods include beef lasagne, chicken tikka masala and pizza.’
    2. 1.2Someone or something that comprises a varied mixture of elements.
      ‘an Indian who grew up with a masala of influences in England, Jamaica, and Italy’
      • ‘After all, he had grown up watching all kinds of films from Indian masala fare to the local Malaysian and Hong Kong Chinese films as well as Hollywood cinema.’
      • ‘Adding to the fashion masala was India's combined men and women's designer shows in early August in New Delhi which will be followed by another round of shows in New York in September.’
      • ‘But there must be something in the Indian entertainment appetite that wants a full evening's masala.’
      • ‘It was the usual Indian masala fare, a comedy cum romance, the narrative interrupted by lavish musical numbers.’
      • ‘The movies are often referred to as masala, since there's a little bit of everything here - romance, action, comedy, and music.’

Origin

From Urdu maṣālaḥ, based on Arabic maṣāliḥ ingredients, materials.

Pronunciation:

masala

/məˈsɑːlə/