Any of various mixtures of spices that are used in South Asian cuisine.
[Hindi and Urdu maṣāliḥ, masālā, ingredients, mixture of spices, from Persian masāleḥ, from Arabic maṣāliḥ, pl. of maṣlaha, benefit, from ṣalaḥa, to be good; see ṣlḥ in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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