• masala (n.) /mə'sɑ:lə/
A mixture of ground spices used in Indian cooking, most often containing cardamom, coriander and/or mace.
Etymology: Hindi masalah spice(s), from Persian maslahat affair, policy, best thing to do; derived from Arabic sálaha be fit, competent, usable.
Sources: Merriam-Webster, Collins, Wiktionary
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