The Indian climate is highly suitable to produce a broad range of spices and as a result the nation has become a major supplier of spices in the world. Masala is the Hindi word for spice; and is also referred to a mixture of spices, herbs and other condiments grounded together to prepare mouth-watering Indian dishes.
Depending on different recipes and individual tastes, one can use various combination of spices to produce blended Indian spices; such as garam masala, tea masala, pav bhaji masala, chhole masala, panipuri masala, sambhar masala, chat masala, achar masala, sweet achar masala, kanda lasoon masala; compounded asafoetida, hing powder, curry powder, vadapav masala, pulav masala, dabeli masala and sandwich masala.
The Indian spice trade is growing at a great pace; with many spice processors in India especially in Gujarat, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur etc. supplying premium quality spices in the local and overseas market for flavoring foods and in medicines; including several industries like pharmaceutical, perfumery and cosmetics.