Garam masala (Hindi: गरम मसाला; Marathi: गरम मसाला; Punjabi: ਗਰਮ ਮਸਾਲਾ; Gujarati: ગરમ મસાલા; Urdu: گرم مصالحہ; Bengali: গরম মসলা) from garam ("hot") and masala (a mixture of spices) is a blend of ground spices, originating from the Indian subcontinent, common in cuisines from the Indian subcontinent , Mauritius and South Africa. It is used alone or with other seasonings. The word garam refers to "heating the body" in the Ayurvedic sense of the word, as these spices are believed to elevate body temperature in Ayurvedic medicine. There are other types of masala, like tikka masala and tandoori masala.
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