Monday, March 25, 2013

Masala, a new experience

You would surely wonder what the meaning of the word "Masala" is.
A Masala is a mixture of different spices used typically in Indian cuisine, which gives it its distinctive flavour and scent. 
If you are lucky enough to have tried Indian food before, you'll perfectly understand what I mean with "distinctive flavour and scent"
Masala mixes are generally composed of a series of spices, among which you can find cinnamon, cilantro, cardamom, black pepper, nutmeg, chilli powder, turmeric, mustard, curry, cumin, clove and so on...
The most typical and simple preparation involves stir-frying some cumin and mustard seeds, onion, bell pepper and other vegetables, and then adding an element (which can be meat, although vegetarianism is widely extended in India) marinated in a series of masalas, which in a group are called a gravy.
This "gravy" is normally taken with Rice, the main dish in any Indian meal.

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