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Masala or Massala or Masalo (Hindi: मसाला, Gujarati: મસાલો, Marathi: मसाला, Nepali: मसला) is a word used in South East Asia, mainly Nepal, India, England and Bangladesh. When Indian people talk about cooking and they say Masala, they mean a mixture of many spices.

There are many different, popular spice mixtures that have been given their own name because they taste really good with one special ingredient; the dish will often use Masala in its name. Some popular dishes are:

The blend of spices or masala for these dishes is often sold in markets or packed by companies to be sold in shops. Some spice blends, like Garam Masala, are so popular it is often used in many different recipes, not just one.

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