Indian cuisine makes frequent use of different types of masala powders. Masala simply means "blend of spices," and a masala powder is the ground powder of a whole spice mixture. According to Ayurvedic medicine, these powders are believed to elevate body temperature.
Each type of masala powder features key ingredients that provide a unique flavour to the dish it is used in. In order to prepare a masala powder, the ingredients are lightly toasted in a pan with or without oil or ghee, cooled, and then ground to a fine powder in a blender or mixer.