garam masala, noun phrase

Forms:
garum masala, gharum masalaShow more Also garum masala, gharum masala, ghurum masala.
Origin:
HindiShow more Hindi, garam hot + masala spices.
Especially among people of Indian descent: a mix of curry spices and herbs.
Note:
Used also in British English.
1961 Z. Mayat Indian Delights 13After curries are done they are ‘pepped’ up with a last minute addition of mixed spices. This blended spice is known as Ghurum Masala.
1992 R. Mesthrie Lexicon of S. Afr. Indian Eng. 19Garam masāla,..A mixture of pounded spices, comprising ginger, garlic, bay leaves etc. dark green in colour. Not as hot as masāla..despite the name. Lacking hot chilli.
a mix of curry spices and herbs.

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