Definition of masala in English:

masala

noun

  • 1Any of a number of spice mixtures ground into a paste or powder for use in Indian cooking.

    • ‘Sprinkle the saffron, the masala powder and ghee on top.’
    • ‘Add the sugar, salt, masala and cover and cook till the tomatoes are tender.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the tomato juice, mix the gram flour, turmeric, chilli-powder, masala, coriander and cumin seed powder.’
    • ‘Lack of hygiene in certain places where wheat flour and masala powders are being manufactured needs looking into.’
    • ‘There were the common items like ‘avial’ and ‘sambar’, of course, made without any strong masala or tangy tamarind.’
    • ‘Kala masala (or black masala - kala means black) consists of pepper, clove, cinnamon, and other black spices.’
    • ‘Add the chilli powder, ginger-garlic paste and the masala powder.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For the main course, I had the sekuwa chatpate prawns with capsicum, chillies, lemon and chat masala.’
    • ‘Pickles, spices and masala items from Karachi are also up for sale.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A dish flavored with this.
      ‘chicken masala’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Last night I made Salmon Croquettes, salad with avocado, chana masala and brown rice.’
      • ‘A slick of oil sits on top of our national dish, the chicken tikka masala.’
      • ‘These days, chicken tikka masala and rogan josh are as much a part of British life as fish and chips.’
      • ‘The five meals tested were cheese and tomato pizza, chicken tikka masala, steak and kidney pie, quiche Lorraine and beef lasagne.’
      • ‘The first flavours include chicken aloo, vegetable bhuna, chicken tandoori masala and vegetable sweet and sour.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Chicken tikka masala has replaced roast beef and Yorkshire pudding as the country's favourite dish.’
      • ‘There will be ‘white gravies’ which can be the base for dishes such as channa masala, navratan kurma, and peas masala.’
      • ‘Louise, being vegetarian, had fewer options, including chana masala, sag aloo and vegetable biryani.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The pilau was served with fried onion and peas and was tasty, whereas the masala rice suffered from an overdose of black pepper.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even the channa masala, a whole-chickpea stew, is understated here, gently flavored with cinnamon and cardamom.’
      • ‘Statistics show Britain's favourite foods include beef lasagne, chicken tikka masala and pizza.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

masala

/məˈsälə/